A spectacular nickname story and other caddie musings

John Burke
Caddie John “Cub” Burke reveals how he got his spectacular nickname. Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports Copyright © 2006 Jerry Lai

Following the excitement of The Masters a couple weeks ago, many PGA Tour caddies needed a little break. Of course, one caddie in particular earned himself a week off after helping the G.O.A.T. land his fifth green jacket.

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out TCN’s exclusive with Joe LaCava here:

While many headed to last week’s RBC Heritage to compete, others took the time to stop and smell the… um… roses!

Keith Mitchell’s caddie, Crunchy Pete Persolja, celebrated everyone’s favorite unofficial “holiday” on Saturday by posting these snaps on his Twitter account. Needless to say, Pete chose to get after it in what appeared to be tough weather conditions.

In other news, there is no question that players these days seem to be getting younger and younger.

However, the same cannot be said for their bagmen… and that is probably a good thing. Experience runs deep with a veteran caddie, and as Brent Henley correctly pointed out over the weekend, that can be of the highest value for a player.

Finally this week, you know we love our caddie nicknames at TCN. Long-time caddie John Burke has worked with players like Davis Love III, Brad Faxon, Bill Haas and others, but has carried the nickname of “Cub” with him along the way. In this hilarious video, Burke explains the origin of the moniker.

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