By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- A week ago, Sergio Garcia met his caddy, David Faircloth, less than 24 hours before the two teed off on Thursday in the first round of the Wyndham Championship.
He and his regular caddy, Gary Matthews, had split up after Garcia missed the cut at the PGA Championship. The 32-year-old Spaniard wasn't looking for a permanent solution, though. In fact, he wasn't looking for someone to do any more than the classic caddy mantra -- show up, keep up and shut up. Literally.
Enter Faircloth, a mechanic who caddies on the weekend at Eagle Point in Wilmington, N.C.. He was on hand to tote the bag of the club president, Bobby Long, in the pro-Am. Long also happens to be chairman of the Piedmont Triad Charitable Foundation that runs the Wyndham Championship.
When Long found out Garcia needed a caddy, he recommended Faircloth. And as luck would have it, the two went on to win the tournament. No word on whether he got the standard 10 percent -- not likely -- but Faircloth did get the 18th hole pin flag, thanks to Tony Navarro, Bud Cauley's caddy, who snagged it and gave the traditional prize to the winner's looper.
Faircloth's 15 minutes of fame are over now. This week at The Barclays, Garcia has enlisted the services of his friend Wayne Richardson, who works in production support for CBS and spends the bulk of his weekend hours supplying yardages to the announcers.
"He's not a professional caddie, but I don't feel like I need that at the moment," Garcia said. "I'm probably just going to do my own thing until the end of the year, and then at the end of the year I'll decide what's best for me."
Garcia said last weekend that he felt like he had become too dependent on a caddy.
"Sometimes I would -- instead of making a decision myself I
would wait for the caddy to make a decision for me and then maybe I
don't feel comfortable with that and still trying to do it," Garcia
explained. "So, for me what I wanted, you know, was to start making
decisions for myself, right and wrong. Don't give me wrong,
not all my decisions were good this week. Obviously misread some
putts. I hit a couple wrong clubs here and there.
"But at least ... other than 18 (where he drove into the trees with a four-stroke lead), I was pretty much a hundred percent committed to most of my decisions and that was nice to see."