News & ToursJune 24, 2013

This is when it's OK to yell at your caddie

By Luke Kerr-Dineen

Here at Golf Digest, we obviously don't condone yelling at caddies (on the contrary, most of us were caddies at some point, after all). But watching Bubba Watson snap at his caddie during the final round of the Travelers Championship got us thinking: Sometimes, you have to admit, it's pretty darn tough not to. So while we remain staunchly anti-caddie yelling, we'll at least cut you some slack under the following circumstances.

Related: An angry Bubba and a happy Duke When he misclubs you late in a tournament, costing you hundreds of thousands of dollars The Bubba treatment. Usually not cool, but Watson ended up taking home nearly $300,000 for his fourth place finish. Not too shabby, but we calculated that if Bubba would have just made a bogey, which would have put him in a playoff, and lost, he would have pocketed about another $300,000. If he goes on to win, he's making a cool $800,000 more than he did. Pretty annoying stuff.

When he leaves an extra club in the bag and it costs you a hundreds of thousands of dollars AND a major championship Putting aside the money lost from this little maneuver, Ian Woosnam was 43 and had the chance for a glorious return to the major championship winner's circle when his caddie Miles Byrne inadvertently left an extra driver in his bag, leading to a two-stroke penalty. Yell away, Woosie.


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