Woods’ bagman LaCava inducted into Hall Of Fame
Joe LaCava is definitely one of the unsung heroes of the US PGA Tour.
Yet it still took some fast talking from former fellow caddie Jim ‘Bones’ McKay to get LaCava to accept a spot in the Caddie Hall of Fame.
Joe LaCava enjoys a joke with his boss Tiger Woods (Credit: BMW Sports)
After spending the past three decades caddying for the likes of Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson, Justin Leonard and Fred Couples, LaCava can look back with pride on his efforts.
He’s helped two of those players, Couples in 1992 and Woods in 2019, win Green Jackets at the Masters.
On the night before play began in the BMW Championship, LaCava found himself in the spotlight as he joined past honourees like Bruce Edwards, Mike “Fluff” Cowan, Steve Williams and Fanny Sunneson in the Caddie Hall of Fame.
“It’s a wonderful honour,” LaCava said. “I was hesitant about doing it, but Bones said, ‘You’ve got to do it’.”
“And I respect Bones obviously, so once he said you should do it, I was all in.”
LaCava captivated the audience, including Woods when he relayed how he began working for Woods.
He told a packed audience how he took the call from Woods asking if he would come and caddy for him and asking if he had any interest in the job.
‘F— yeah, I’m interested’: LaCava told Woods.
He later explained his initial reluctance in accepting the honour.
“I’m just not comfortable with the attention,” LaCava said.
“I’ve always been a guy who, I want Tiger to be the show. I want him doing the interviews and everything else.”
“So that’s just not a comfortable role for me, but I think it’s terrific that they’re doing it and that they thought that much of me to do it.”
Woods, who was present at the presentation, was asked if Wednesday night was the most nervous he’s ever seen Joe in their eight years as a team.
“I would say more like uncomfortable, because he doesn’t like to be part of the spotlight in that regard,” Woods said.
“He’s done it for 30 years, and that’s just his life, and to be recognised for that, he felt a little uneasy about it, but he did a hell of a job.”