John Wood is the latest caddie to become a full-time on-course TV reporter
John Wood did a trial run as a course reporter for Golf Channel during the 2015 RSM Classic.
Jim (Bones) Mackay won’t be the only caddie-turned-broadcaster roaming PGA Tour fairways next year for Golf Channel/NBC Sports.
John Wood, who carried bags on the PGA Tour for more than 20 years, most recently the last five with Matt Kuchar, is joining the network as an on-course reporter beginning in 2021. The announcement came Wednesday, with Wood’s first event set for next month’s Sentry Tournament of Champions, Jan. 7-10, in Maui.
“We’re thrilled to add John Wood to NBC Sports’ rotation of on-course reporters,” Tommy Roy, NBC Sports lead golf producer, said. “John’s experience as a PGA Tour caddie for nearly two decades, combined with his passion and knowledge of the game, will be a great addition to our team during our busy slate of events in 2021.”
Though the move marks a career change for Wood, who stopped working for Kuchar in August, it won’t be his first time behind the microphone. In 2015, Wood joined Mackay as an on-course reporter for Golf Channel at the RSM Classic. Two years later, Mackay parted ways with Phil Mickelson and joined the network full time.
“I couldn’t be more excited to be joining the incredible team at Golf Channel and NBC,” Wood said. “They’ve set the standard in golf coverage, and I hope to bring an interesting perspective to their incredible production.”
Wood and Matt Kuchar parted ways in August after working together for five years.
In addition to working for Kuchar, Wood previously caddied for Hunter Mahan, Mark Calcavecchia and Kevin Sutherland during his time on tour. He has also worked both the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup and was on Kuchar’s bag when Kuchar captured the bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.