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Joe LaCava, Tiger Woods’ caddie, paid a heckler $25 to leave at the WGC-Bridgestone

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While Steve Williams would likely have taken a different route, Tiger Woods’ current caddie admitted to bribing a fan to leave his boss alone.

LaCava called into ESPN’s “Golic and Wingo” and told a tale of paying of a heckler at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

LaCava said the man heckled Woods throughout his final round at the Bridgestone, and on the 14th hole, LaCava interceded, telling the man to check out action elsewhere on the course. Interestingly/absurdly, the man said he would be happy to, provided LaCava reimburse him for his ticket.

Here’s the full transcript c/o ESPN.

Mike Golic: “Did you have any issues with the people at Bellerive?”

Joe LaCava: “Not at all, and you hit it right on the head, 99 percent of the guys and women are behind Tiger, pushing for Tiger. They want to see good golf in general they’re not anti-the-other-guys, but they’re certainly rooting for Tiger more so than the other guys. But, funny you guys ask that question. The week before in Akron, I had a little incident with a guy who was harassing my guy on the 14th hole at Akron the last day outside the ropes, roughening him up pretty good. And I said, hey listen bud, why do you gotta go there? Everyone’s having a good time, everyone’s pulling for Tiger. You don’t like the guy that’s one thing, but you don’t to be yelling at my guy, screaming negative stuff like that. And I said at the end of the day, if you affect him, his performance, it effects my bottomline. So he calls me a couple names and I go back and forth with the guy, and I say why don’t you just leave. And he says well if you give me $25 for the ticket that I bought today I’ll leave. And I said here you go, here’s $25.”

Mike: “Did he leave?”

Joe: “So I whip out $25 and he starts to go down the 14th fairway toward the green. I say look pal $25 is $25 you gotta head the other way. So he starts to head the other way, he goes 20 yards down the line, then he calls me a certain other, a swear word. So I run 20 yards back the other way and I’m going face to face with this guy. And all the sudden Tiger’s looking for a yardage, and I’m in it with this guy 20 yards down the line. So some cop has to come in, push this guy outta the way, and take him outta the tournament.

Mike: “So what did Tiger say when you came back to give him the yardage?”

Joe: “Well that’s a great question. We were so far to the right of the trees, and he was on his third shot believe it or not, we were still 150 yards away from the green, and he didn’t really know what happened. He heard the commotion, he heard the guy yelling at him, so we talked about it after the fact, but he didn’t really know how it developed. And he says I was wondering what happened, and he goes normally it wouldn’t that long to get a yardage. I said well a little incident down the road. He didn’t have a problem with it, and actually I gotta standing ovation for kicking the guy outta there.

Security probably should have happened sooner when LaCava was $25 richer.

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  1. joro

    Aug 18, 2018 at 11:02 am

    That was stupid, now all the ignorant fools will be lined up looking for a few bucks to shut up. That is why he has a “Security Squad” walking with him, that is to get rid of the ignorant SOBs that can’t keep their stupid mouths shut. Bad move.

  2. Hagen

    Aug 17, 2018 at 12:22 pm

    All slobs should be removed. If it were a movie theater or restaurant, same thing would happen.

  3. nignogwozawog

    Aug 17, 2018 at 1:52 am

    Only $25? Dude should have asked for more

  4. CrashTestDummy

    Aug 17, 2018 at 12:50 am

    LaCava is one good caddie. Keeping the drama and distractions under control.

  5. Regan

    Aug 17, 2018 at 12:02 am

    Steve Williams wouldve smashed him hands down.

  6. chance

    Aug 16, 2018 at 10:21 pm

    There needs to be much less tolerance of fan heckling. They should not only be removed from a tournament but also fined. This needs to happen sooner rather than later. I think whoever is running things is dropping the ball on this issue.

    • ChipNRun

      Aug 17, 2018 at 12:03 am

      Chronic heckling is “disturbing the peace.” For dealing with chronic hecklers, the marshall with the small radio can call the guys with the handcuffs.

      Bribing hecklers sets a bad precedent.

    • CrashTestDummy

      Aug 17, 2018 at 12:49 am

      I agree. The hecklers can affect play and outcomes. The hecklers have been watching Happy Gilmore too much.

  7. Timmay

    Aug 16, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    Tiger needs to have a few “enforcers” following him around in the crowd. Kinda like the fella in Happy Gilmore. Couple unneeded outbursts and they would just get a quick tap on the shoulder from someone that makes a NFL linebacker look like a small child. Some people these days just need thrown to the ground by their throat. This heckler looks like one of those people.

  8. Nolan

    Aug 16, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    So dishonorable. I mean hes heckling an adulterer but still…

  9. lakawak

    Aug 16, 2018 at 3:30 pm

    Why should people who aren’t actually interfering with shots be removed from a tournament

    • the dude

      Aug 16, 2018 at 3:40 pm

      this isn’t Heinz stadium you dolt….(Class….it’s the 1st door on your right…..)

  10. carl spackler

    Aug 16, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    The heckler looks like the kind of guy you see at your local muni blaring music and slamming a six pack per 9. I am sure glad we grew the game.

    • lakawak

      Aug 16, 2018 at 3:32 pm

      Who is “we”? You did nothing. And “the game” hasn’t grown. It is in a tailspin. Has been for close to 20 years. Several hundred fewer golf courses open than in the 90s.

      • Raj

        Aug 16, 2018 at 8:54 pm

        If you’re out there playing, contributing to the golfing community local or online, you’re helping grow the game. If you jump in to make snide comments, you’re likely not.

      • Solzhenitsen

        Aug 16, 2018 at 11:34 pm

        Sigh. I do believe these golfwrx stories draw the most foolhardy and meaninglessly self-righteous comments on the internet. I wonder what draws these tiresome dots to the site?

    • Muni Man

      Aug 17, 2018 at 11:43 am

      Like having a little music is a bad thing. You’re probably the kind of guy playing a 5 hour round of golf and posting up a solid 89 with three mulligans.

      And who is “we” you and your bro Lacav?

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Lanto Griffin claimed his maiden PGA Tour title at last week’s Houston Open which comes with a winner’s check worth $1,350,000. The Californian bumped Scott Harrington and Mark Hubbard into a share of second place in the lone star state, a finish which is good for a payout of $667,500 each.

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1: Lanto Griffin, -14, $1,350,000.00

T-2: Scott Harrington, -13, $667,500.00

T-2: Mark Hubbard, -13, $667,500.00

T-4: Harris English, -11, $286,875.00

T-4: Talor Gooch, -11, $286,875.00

T-4: Carlos Ortiz, -11, $286,875.00

T-4: Sepp Straka, -11, $286,875.00

T-4: Xinjun Zhang, -11, $286,875.00

T-9: Chad Campbell, -10, $196,875.00

T-9: Bud Cauley, -10, $196,875.00

T-9: Stewart Cink, -10, $196,875.00

T-9: Denny McCarthy, -10, $196,875.00

T-13: Bronson Burgoon, -9, $142,500.00

T-13: Beau Hossler, -9, $142,500.00

T-13: Doc Redman, -9, $142,500.00

T-13: Cameron Tringale, -9, $142,500.00

T-17: Austin Cook, -8, $110,625.00

T-17: Peter Malnati, -8, $110,625.00

T-17: Maverick McNealy, -8, $110,625.00

T-17: Brandon Wu, -8, $110,625.00

T-21: Kyle Stanley, -7, $88,125.00

T-21: Boo Weekley, -7, $88,125.00

T-23: Ryan Armour, -6, $67,125.00

T-23: Cameron Champ, -6, $67,125.00

T-23: James Hahn, -6, $67,125.00

T-23: Kramer Hickok, -6, $67,125.00

T-23: Andy Zhang, -6, $67,125.00

T-28: Ricky Barnes, -5, $42,482.15

T-28: Zac Blair, -5, $42,482.15

T-28: Luke List, -5, $42,482.15

T-28: Brendon Todd, -5, $42,482.15

T-28: Matt Every, -5, $42,482.14

T-28: Michael Gligic, -5, $42,482.14

T-28: Russell Knox, -5, $42,482.14

T-28: Tyler McCumber, -5, $42,482.14

T-28: Sebastián Muñoz, -5, $42,482.14

T-28: Wes Roach, -5, $42,482.14

T-28: Sam Ryder, -5, $42,482.14

T-28: Scottie Scheffler, -5, $42,482.14

T-28: Robert Streb, -5, $42,482.14

T-28: Nick Watney, -5, $42,482.14

T-42: Brice Garnett, -4, $28,125.00

T-42: Brian Gay, -4, $28,125.00

T-42: Martin Laird, -4, $28,125.00

T-45: Lucas Bjerregaard, -3, $21,825.00

T-45: Ryan Brehm, -3, $21,825.00

T-45: Roberto Castro, -3, $21,825.00

T-45: Henrik Norlander, -3, $21,825.00

T-45: Rob Oppenheim, -3, $21,825.00

T-45: D.J. Trahan, -3, $21,825.00

T-51: Braden Bailey, -2, $18,262.50

T-51: Michael Gellerman, -2, $18,262.50

T-51: Bo Hoag, -2, $18,262.50

T-51: Patrick Rodgers, -2, $18,262.50

T-55: Rich Beem, -1, $17,400.00

T-55: Mackenzie Hughes, -1, $17,400.00

T-55: John Huh, -1, $17,400.00

T-55: Ben Taylor, -1, $17,400.00

T-59: Dominic Bozzelli, E, $16,950.00

T-59: Rafael Campos, E, $16,950.00

T-61: Russell Henley, $+1, $16,500.00

T-61: J.J. Henry, +1, $16,500.00

T-61: Seamus Power, +1, $16,500.00

T-61: Chris Stroud, +1, $16,500.00

T-61: Cole Hammer, +1, Amateur

T-66: Sebastian Cappelen, +2, $15,900.00

T-66: Jeremy Gandon, +2, $15,900.00

T-66: George McNeill, +2, $15,900.00

T-66: Shawn Stefani, +2, $15,900.00

T-70: Graham DeLaet, +3, $15,375.00

T-70: Robert Garrigus, +3, $15,375.00

T-70: Chandler Phillips, +3, $15,375.00

73: J.J. Spaun, +6, $15,075.00

T-74: Joseph Bramlet, +7, $14,850.00

T-74: Nelson Ledesma,+7, $14,850.00

76: Rhein Gibson, +8, $14,625.00

77: Jim Herman, +9, $14,475.00

78: Bill Haas, +10, $14,325.00

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