124th U.S. Open

Pinehurst No. 2



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PGA Tour caddie Monday qualifies for 3M Open, gets paired with his boss

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Andrew Redington

We’ve already written about caddie Alex Gaugert Monday qualifying for the 3M Open and his boss looking for a one-week replacement through Twitter. It’s a fun story and all, but now we have even more drama. Not only will Gaugert be teeing off in the same tournament as friend and associate Erik van Rooyen, but the two will be playing at least 36 holes together at TPC Twin Cities as they have been paired together for the first two rounds.

It doesn't look like there’s bad blood between the two as van Rooyen called it “the gift that keeps on giving,” but isn’t this exactly the kind of thing that someone who’s terrified about being bested by their underling would say? What if Gaugert outshines van Rooyen? Could the pair’s relationship be irreparably damaged? Probably not, but it’s a fun little side-story during one of the last events of the PGA Tour’s regular season.

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Stuart Franklin

It’s far from the first time the two have played together as van Rooyen and Gaugert were teammates at the University of Minnesota. Gaugert tied for 20th at the Big Ten Championships with a +15 score, tied for 39th at the NCAA Raleigh Regional and recorded a spring season low of 69 in three consecutive rounds at the Del Water Classic as a Golden Gopher, so it won’t be an easy time for van Rooyen.

No matter what happens, we already know there will be plenty of trash-talk between Gaugert and van Rooyen following this event, and that’s truly all that matters.