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Caddies share their most rewarding on-course moments to date

Terry Walker
Caddie Terry Walker (not pictured) will never forget his man Andrew Landry’s first PGA Tour win — the 2018 Valero Texas Open. One reason he’ll never forget it? The way Zach Johnson and his caddie Damon Green treated Landry and Walker down the stretch. Credit: Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

There’s nothing more satisfying than having success in your chosen profession.

We recently asked caddies on Twitter to share with us their most rewarding on-course moments to date. The fantastic answers we received ran the gamut from helping an amateur to a great round, all the way to helping a player to a win on the PGA Tour.

Feel free to click here and join the conversation, adding your moment to the thread.

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Here’s a look from some of our favorite answers — in no particular order — submitted by caddies…

1. “Being a part of Stuart Appleby’s 59 to win the 2010 Greenbrier. Won’t forget that putt on the last.” – Scott Sajtinac

Here’s a look at that putt Sajtinac referenced on what was just the fifth 59 in PGA Tour history at the time:

2. “Playing in the final round of the 2018 Valero Texas Open with Damon Green and Zach Johnson. Yes, Andrew Landry won his first PGA Tour event in his home state with his entire family present, but Zach and Damon were just class acts and incredibly supportive down the stretch.” – Terry Walker (Landry’s caddie)

3. “Caddying for Gene Sauers for his first PGA Tour Champions win. The doctors gave him a 25 percent chance to live after he was diagnosed. It was the 2016 U.S. Senior Open on my birthday!” – Derek Sanders

From 2006 to 2010, Sauers did not compete professionally after an initial misdiagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis turned out to be Stevens-Johnson syndrome (a severe skin reaction) – and he was given only a 25 percent chance of survival. Sauers received multiple skin grafts over several months that left visible scarring before he gradually and miraculously recovered.

To date, that U.S. Senior Open remains the lone PGA Tour Champions victory for Sauers – a major is always a good one.

4. “Embracing my guy after we rolled a putt in to finally secure a PGA Tour card after 20 years of the grind he was on. #newtothegig #bigmomentsearly” – Chevy Hartzog

The quick connection between Chris Thompson and caddie Chevy Hartzog has led to a PGA Tour card for the 2018-19 season.

We’ve detailed Hartzog’s fast-track to the PGA Tour with journeyman pro Chris Thompson. Click here to read all about it. It’s fascinating.

5. “Got a player off a 22 handicap around Kingsbarns in 77 scratch. Needless to say, he was over the moon.” – Colin Oosenbrugh

The only thing more special than playing golf on a bucket-list course like Kingsbarns is having an A+ caddie to navigate you around. And did Colin ever do that for his 22-handicap guest whose playing partners could not have been happy if there were any friendly wagers going on!

6. “When the owner of a NFL franchise gave me $1,000 on the 18th tee at a no-tip facility.” – Mark (@govolx)

You can’t put a price on great reads! Or, maybe you can… like $1,000.

7. “Getting invited to play the guest’s course after a 4-day member guest.” – Steve Karalekas

The caddie should be the golfer’s best friend on the course – but it’s even cooler when they turn into a great friend off it, too.

8. “Lot of moments that could be first. But helping my friend, Chris Smith, win his first PGA Tour event is at the top.” – Matt Minister

We can’t argue with that. What an accomplishment.

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