By Michael Curet, PGATOUR.com Contributor
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla -- Longtime David Toms caddie Scott Gneiser is switching to a new Tiger.
After carrying the bag for 15 years for Toms, a former LSU Tiger with 13 PGA TOUR victories and ranked No. 8 on the career PGA TOUR earnings list, Gneiser is now caddying for former three-time LSU All-American John Peterson.
"It was one of the toughest phone calls I've ever had to make," said Gneiser, who was on the bag for 12 of Toms' 13 victories, including his major at the 2001 PGA Championship. "It's tough to split apart after 15 years.
"David understood. He has a lot of things going on and is not playing as much. I think I can help a young kid like John out there in his rookie season on the PGA TOUR."
Peterson asked Gneiser to join him for the Web.com Tour Finals month and the match has worked well so far. Peterson is ranked No. 5 entering this week's Web.com Tour Championship and has his TOUR card secured for the upcoming season.
Ironically, Peterson grew up across the street from Colonial Country Club, home of the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial -- one of Toms' favorite tournaments. And it wasn't by coincidence that Toms is also Peterson's favorite golfer.
"He used to come over as a little kid at Colonial to watch David," Gneiser said. "He would eyeball him the whole time, trying to learn. Before you knew it, John was playing at LSU just like David."
The last time Gneiser carried the bag for the 46-year-old Toms was at the Wyndham Championship. Toms shot a final round 62 to keep his playing privileges on TOUR.