Villegas' Caddie In Final Q School Stop
By Kickntrue on 11/26/10
If you're the most hardcore golf fan in the world- you may know the name Brett Waldman. Of course you'd know him as a caddie- not as a player on the brink of the PGA Tour.
Waldman shot a 68 in the final round at the TPC Craig Ranch outside Dallas last week and made it through yet another stage of PGA Tour qualifying. He is one of only nine players still alive after starting this improbable journey by having to go through pre-qualifying. Now he's in next week's final stage at Orange County National in Orlando, where the top 25 earn their tour cards.I want him to make it- because it's a cool story, but doesn't it frustrate you when someone is so gifted that they do something like this? I have a buddy who plays 2 or 3 times a year- and still beats me every time we play. He never played competitively as a junior or anything he just isn't that passionate about golf despite being able to step up to the tee with more talent than anyone in the foursome. Kind of ticks me off. BUT- if he was playing for a Tour Card, I'd be rooting for him. I think that's the justification.
It's still a bit of a longshot for Waldman. He'll now essentially be playing a mini-PGA Tour event, with pretty much all of the other golfers in the final having pro experience. Of course- Waldman has a ton of pro experience- just on the other side of the bag. The fact that he has a nice gig to fall back on- and had no great expectations may work to his advantage. I can't imagine he'll feel quite the same pressure as a competitor playing for his livelihood.
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I always thought this was an interesting story, too - plays (PGA) morning round, then caddies in afternoon round: sports.espn.go.com/golf/news/story?id=4170124
Did he have his frogger towel? :D
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