Longtime PGA TOUR caddie inducted during BMW Championship
MEDINAH, IL – Longtime PGA TOUR caddie Joe LaCava was inducted into The Caddie Hall of Fame on Wednesday, Aug. 14, during the 2019 BMW Championship at Medinah Country Club.
A native of Newtown, Connecticut, LaCava is known to golf fans around the world for his work alongside Tiger Woods. LaCava was hired by Woods in September 2011, and was on the bag in April for Woods’ momentous win at the 2019 Masters.
“I’m overwhelmed tonight,” LaCava said. “I love caddying because I’m just competitive and I hate losing. That’s what it’s about for me. I’m all about winning and having my guy win.”
LaCava began his career in 1987 looping for his cousin Ken Green before Fred Couples hired him in 1990. With LaCava on the bag, Couples notched 12 PGA TOUR victories, including wins at the 1992 Masters and the 1996 Players Championship. LaCava also worked for Davis Love III, Justin Leonard and Dustin Johnson before joining with Woods and becoming one of the most recognized caddies in the game.
“We are honored and excited to welcome Joe LaCava into The Caddie Hall of Fame,” said Vince Pellegrino, Senior Vice President of Tournaments for the Western Golf Association, which conducts the BMW Championship. “For more than 30 years, Joe has personified professionalism and elevated the profile of caddies worldwide.”
LaCava was inducted into The Caddie Hall of Fame following the BMW Championship’s Gardner Heidrick Pro-Am at Medinah Country Club.
Administered by the Western Golf Association since 2011, The Caddie Hall of Fame highlights the tradition and importance of caddying by recognizing individuals who have devoted their lives to the game of golf through caddying or by supporting the role of caddies.
Past inductees include Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Charles “Chick” Evans, Jim “Bones” Mackay, Steve Williams, and the Murray Brothers.