The Spaniard went to the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro in need of a caddie, and David Faircloth was in the right spot at the right time. Faircloth, a caddie at a private club in North Carolina, was working the pro-am for club member Bobby Long, who wound up recommending him to Garcia.
The rest of the week was a blur. Faircloth was on the bag as Garcia won his first PGA Tour event in four years.
|Sergio Garcia and caddie David Faircloth / AP|
Perhaps the classiest gesture came from Tony Navarro, a longtime PGA Tour caddie who has worked for Greg Norman, Adam Scott and now Bud Cauley. Garcia and Cauley played in the final group at Greensboro, and when Navarro realized how overwhelmed Faircloth was, he unscrewed the flag from the pin on the 18th hole, took it over to Faircloth and said, ''Well done this week. This is yours.''
''That flag is kind of our trophy,'' Navarro told The New York Post. ''I figured he didn't know, so I just did the right thing and gave it to him. He was a nice kid, and I could tell he was a bit emotional and excited.''
The payoff for Faircloth remains a mystery. Most regular tour caddies are on a weekly salary, along with a percentage of what the player earns, typically 10 percent if they win. Garcia earned $936,000.
But the Spaniard wasn't sure what he should give a club caddie who filled in for the week.
''I'll have to look at it,'' Garcia said. ''Obviously, he's not going to get what a normal caddie would get because his job was fairly easy.''
CP's Take: You have got to be kidding me? The guy is win less for four years, fires his caddy after he fails to make the cut at the PGA Championship last week and shows up with no one on the bag in Greensboro. Then just happens to win after a five day rain delayed event and claims that Faircloth had it easy? And that is his reason for not paying the guy a full share? I can't imagine anyone seeing this as right. If Garcia doesn't get the "AssClown" award of the year I don't know who does.
And then there is the Ryder Cup, and Karma which is sure to follow. Fine Sergio stiff the American paybacks in golf are always spectacular.