The Loop

Tesori's Keeping This One

March 10, 2008

PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- At the scoring trailer near the clubhouse of the Copperhead Course, Paul Tesori (right) couldn't wait to fold up his caddie bib from the PODS Championship and stick it safely inside Sean O'Hair's golf bag. "I hope you don't mind," he told the volunteer who was collecting them, "but I'm keeping this one." Tesori has quite a collection of them at home. He's got 10 from his years spent with Vijay Singh but this one, you could tell, was special to him.

"I've got the best job in the world," Tesori said after O'Hair won the PODS by two shots for his second career victory, qualifying for the Masters (and next week's WGC-CA Championship) in the process. "I worked for Vijay for almost five years. You know, Vijay, basically you just did your work, did your numbers. He knows how to play this game with his eyes closed. So there wasn't a lot of help that you give Veej. Whereas, this guy, it's a true team. There are things you don't know at 25, things  I didn't know six years ago, that now are second nature to me."

As if to prove that fact, O'Hair was standing in front of the NBC cameras waiting patiently to go on air with Jimmy Roberts. Tesori trotted over to his player, tugged at his shirt and more or less told him to get in the trailer and sign his scorecard, TV can wait. It's not over 'til it's over.

-- Jim Moriarty

(Photo: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)