U.S. Women's Open 2020: Lindsey Weaver trades in her push cart for fiancé as caddie, and it's paying off nicely
Lindsey Weaver and her caddie and fiance Zach Wright discuss a shot on the 12th tee during the first round of the 75th U.S. Women's Open Championship at Champions Golf Club.
This is the second time we’ve seen Lindsey Weaver in contention in a major in 2020, a sign of a young career on the rise for the No. 131 player in the world. The 27-year-old from Arizona joined the LPGA Tour in 2018 and has had a bit of a breakthrough season in 2020, finishing in the top 10 twice. Now, she’s in the top 10 at the U.S. Women’s Open at Champions Golf Club after two rounds. The last time she was near the top of the leader board of a major, it was the AIG Women’s British Open. And she was using a pushcart.
After two rounds at Royal Troon in August, Weaver was in a tie for fourth place. She usually uses local caddies while on tour, but the tour’s COVID-19 protocols include not allowing local caddies, in an effort to limit the number of new people entering the tour’s bubble each week. Weaver’s solution was dusting off her old pushcart and using that instead of hiring a season-long caddie—which is an expensive investment.
The pushcart didn’t make an appearance at the U.S. Women’s Open, however. Instead, she has her fiancé, Zach Wright, on the bag. Wright’s a professional golfer, too. He plays on the Korn Ferry Tour, with his best finish in 2020 being T-14 at the WinCo Foods Portland Open.
“I've been by myself for most of the year, but that was kind of our deal. He was going to come for the last three, so this is his second week, and we haven't gotten into too many fights so far," Weaver said. "He's still here, so that's a good thing. It's nice just having a familiar face on the bag, someone who knows my game so well. We practice and play together all the time.”
Lindsey Weaver plays a shot on the ninth hole during the second round of the 75th U.S. Women's Open.
Last week's event was the Volunteers of America Classic, and Wright caddied as Weaver finished T-8, her best result on the LPGA. Weaver’s enjoying having someone to go over shots with, instead of doing yardages and club selection by herself.
“It's nice to have him to kind of just talk through shots with because I'm usually just by myself and just get up there and hit it. It’s nice to have him as kind of a good enforcement,” Weaver said.
Weaver’s back-to-back one-under rounds of 70 have her at two under for the tournament, heading into the weekend tied for sixth. At the Women’s British Open, she ultimately finished T-19. Maybe having her fiancé on the bag will make the difference during this major’s weekend rounds.