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January 7 2011

10:08 PM

New caddies hit ground running

According to the Associated Press, Ernie Els and Camilo Villegas have new caddies this week at Kapalua.

Mike Kerr is now toting the bag for Els, who used Ricci Roberts and former NHL player Dan Quinn last year. Kerr most recently worked with Nick Dougherty on the European Tour and actually had a job lined up with Louis Oosthuizen last year. When Oosthuizen won the British Open, though, the young South African opted to stay with his caddie, Zack Rasego.

Villegas, on the other hand, needed a new caddy after Brett Waldman survived all four stages of q-school and earned his Nationwide Tour card. Villegas, who was disqualified Friday after a rules infraction in the first round resulted in him signing an incorrect scorecard, was using England’s Mick Doran this week.

Doran’s previous bosses include Lee Westwood and David Howell. He is slated to work for Villegas this week and next week in a tryout for the three-time PGA TOUR champion. 

Meanwhile, Sean O’Hair has hired Brennan Little, Mike Weir’s long-time caddy, to replace Paul Tesori. And Weir has reportedly hired Pete Bender, who has worked for a who’s who of the game – Jack Nicklaus, Ian Baker-Finch, Lanny Wadkins, Greg Norman, Raymond Floyd and Ian Baker-Finch, to name a few.

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