Fred Couples is a part of the field this week at the Mitsubishi Electric Classic on the Champions Tour. Notably, the American professional has a young and unique caddy for this week’s event. Coincidently, the same person has caddied for Charlie Woods in the past. In fact, how this came to be is one hilarious story.
Joseph LaCava is the person behind Fred’s bag this week at TPC Sugarloaf. He is the son of the legendary caddie Joe LaCava. Not to forget, Joe caddied for Couples for nearly two decades after they parted ways; he is now caddying for Tiger Woods. His son Joseph is also filling in his footsteps and is on the 62-year-old professional’s bag.
Joe’s son also caddied for Charlie Woods when he and the 15-time major championship winner played at the 2021 PNC Championship. However, Couples had to ask for Charlie’s permission before grabbing his caddie for this week’s Champions Tour event.
The 1992 Masters champion spoke about how he asked little Woods if he could borrow his caddie for this week. PGA Tour of Champions also uploaded a clip of the same on various social media platforms. Fred spoke about how he asked Tiger and Justin Thomas to ask Charlie if he could have Joseph for the event. And Axel Woods allowed him to borrow Joseph.
He said, “I didn’t know Charlie’s cell number, but I got in touch with Tiger. JT (Justin Thomas) was on the thread, and they didn’t reply. Maybe they thought I was teasing a bit. But then I said, ‘Listen, Tiger, I need to make sure Charlie is OK with Joseph caddying for me in Atlanta.”
He added, “He got right back to me, said, ‘Just talked to him. He’s fine with it.” Moreover, Joseph recently graduated with a marketing degree and gained experience by caddying at Winged Foot. He also asks his father for a few tips, as he has caddied for Fred for 22 years.
On the business end, the one-time major championship winner carded an opening round of two-under-par, 70. As a result, he is in a tied 15th position with an overall score of two under-par.