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The Caddie Network Podcast
The Caddie Network
Podcast by The Caddie Network
6 days ago
Under the Strap - A chat with caddie J.J. Jakovac and a preview of the Fortinet Championship
In this ‘Under the Strap’ podcast, John Rathouz welcomes J.J. Jakovac, caddie for world No. 3 and two-time major champion Collin Morikawa. Jakovac details his own professional golf career, how he got into caddying, how he wound up on the bag of Ryan Moore -- an amateur golf connection, Palmer Cup teammate and now brother-in-law -- the move to Morikawa's bag and a preview of Silverado Resort (the course Jakovac grew up playing) ahead of this week's Fortinet Championship.
Aug 31, 2021
Under the Strap - A chat with caddie Austin Kaiser and a preview of the Tour Championship
In this 'Under the Strap' podcast, John Rathouz welcomes Austin Kaiser, caddie for gold medal winner Xander Shauffele. Kaiser gets into detail about how he wound up on the bag for his college teammate, takes you through his Olympic experience and more, while also talking to Rathouz about the intricacies of East Lake Golf Club and this week's playoffs finale -- the Tour Championship.
Aug 23, 2021
Under The Strap - Impersonations by caddie Scott Marino, Caves Valley preview
In this 'Under the Strap' podcast, John Rathouz welcomes longtime PGA Tour caddie Scott Marino and Caves Valley caddie Will Shriver. Marino does some incredible impersonations of PGA Tour players -- the caddie version of Conor Moore, if you will. In the second half of the pod, Rathouz chats with Shriver about Caves Valley, host to this week's BMW Championship, the second leg of the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedExCup.
Aug 17, 2021
Under The Strap - Caddie Terry Walker opens up about overcoming personal demons
In this 'Under the Strap' episode, host T.J. Auclair welcomes caddie Terry Walker. Walker has spent the last several years on the bag of PGA Tour winner Andrew Landry. Walker's story is one of perseverance and inspiration, as he overcame a brutal childhood and the personal demons that ensued to cope with that childhood. Nothing was off limits in this podcast, as Walker takes us through his journey in life, the struggles he's endured and what he's been doing to get through it all.
Aug 10, 2021
Under The Strap - A chat with caddie Mike Darby
In this 'Under the Strap' episode, host T.J. Auclair has a conversation with caddie Mike Darby. Darby has enjoyed plenty of highs -- and lows -- in his professional career and we jump into all of them. Darby has also had a frustrating 15 months or so due to travel restrictions from his home country of Canada because of the COVID pandemic. He opens up about what that has meant for his job as a caddie and how he's happy to finally be getting back out on Tour. He also shares perhaps the funniest player/caddie break-up story of all time.
Aug 3, 2021
Under The Strap - A chat with caddies Matt Minister and Travis Perkins
In this 'Under the Strap' episode, host T.J. Auclair has a conversation with veteran caddies Matt Minister and Travis Perkins. Both caddies played golf professionally before becoming loopers. Minister is currently on the bag for world No. 9 Patrick Cantlay, while Perkins caddies for recent Tour winner Sam Burns. We take a deep dive into how they started out, recount some of their biggest highlights to date and a lot more.
Apr 5, 2021
Under The Strap - 2021 Masters Preview with caddies Damian Lopez, Jeff Willett and Brian Reed
Masters week is here! So much excitement comes with the first men's major championship of the year. This week, host T.J. Auclair welcomes caddies Damian Lopez (Michael Thompson), Jeff Willett (Nick Taylor) and Brian Reed (Matt Kuchar) 'Under the Strap,' for a chat about all things The Masters. The guys spend some time previewing the week ahead -- including how different conditions will be from the November Masters in 2020 to now -- while Lopez dishes on his excitement about caddying in his first Masters since starting the looper gig in 1998. And the guys also share plenty of fun Masters-related stories, including taking you into the driving range "caddie house" that everyone raves about. Listen now!
Mar 16, 2021
Under The Strap - Episode 45, 3/15/21 Billionaire investor Mario Gabelli on his childhood as a caddie
In our latest "Under the Strap" podcast, we enjoy a chat with billionaire investor Mario Gabelli. Gabelli, founder, chairman, and CEO of Gabelli Asset Management Company Investors, became interested in the market when he caddied for specialists from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange as a young boy. Gabelli told us about the lessons he learned on the course that he's been able to apply to life and business.
Feb 22, 2021
Under The Strap - Episode 44, 2/22/21 Kathy Ireland discusses teaming up with The Insider Network
World-renowned supermodel and entrepreneur Kathy Ireland -- who has built Kathy Ireland Worldwide into one of the biggest brands on the globe -- recently entered into a partnership with the Insider Network, of which Caddie Network is a part of. Ireland joined our latest podcast along with Caddie Network co-founder Merrill Squires to talk about their longtime friendship dating back to their days working on Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit Issue and why this new partnership made a lot of sense for both sides.
Feb 8, 2021
Under The Strap - Episode 43, 2/8/21 with CaddieNow founder Dave Cavossa
On this episode of, 'Under the Strap,' host T.J. Auclair welcomes Dave Cavossa, founder and CEO of CaddieNow. CaddieNow, founded in 2015, is the nation’s most trusted virtual caddie service platform that pairs golfers with caddies, protects and preserves existing caddie programs at top courses and resorts and protects the occupation of caddying to elevate the standards of caddie services. Cavossa tells us all about how the idea for CaddieNow came to fruition and explained the plethora of options partners have when working with the platform.
Feb 1, 2021
Under The Strap - Episode 42, 2/1/21 The incredible story of Lorcan Morris
Ireland's Lorcan Morris is a caddie on the PGA Tour and his story is unlike we've ever heard. From his journey to the United States -- with barely any money to his name -- and earning a scholarship to play golf, to a professional career of his own, a friendship with Laura Davies that jumpstarted his caddie career, famous friends like Bill Clinton, Buster Douglas, Wynonna Judd and more. Morris sits down with host T.J. Auclair to give all the details of his incredibly interesting life. Oh, and when he's not caddying on Tour, he's a firefighter back home in North Carolina.
Jan 25, 2021
Under The Strap - Episode 41, 1/25/21 Recapping the results of our January Caddie Confidential survey
This month, we released the first installment of our “Caddie Confidential” series, with monthly, inside-the-ropes perspective from dozens of Tour caddies on rotating golf topics. First up: insights from a season without galleries. In this episode of 'Under the Strap,' host T.J. Auclair welcomed veteran caddies Scott Sajtinac, Damian Lopez and Jeff Willett to go over the results. We were happy to have their colorful commentary from firsthand experiences throughout 2020.
Dec 14, 2020
Under The Strap - Episode 40, 12/14/20 Year in Review with Damian Lopez, Jeff Willett & Brian Reed
In this week's 'Under the Strap' podcast, host T.J. Auclair welcomes back caddie guests Damian Lopez, Jeff Willett and Brian Reed for a 2020 Year in Review. One thing is certain -- 2020 was a year like no other. The guys talked about the sudden pause to the season in March to the unlikely restart in June, majors without fans, dealing with COVID-19 on a personal level, rising young stars and a whole lot more, including a look ahead to what we can expect in 2021.
1 hr 3 min
Nov 30, 2020
Under The Strap - Episode 39, 11/30/20 with Ben and Heidi Hulka
In this latest 'Under the Strap' episode, host T.J. Auclair welcomes the husband and wife team of Ben and Heidi Hulka. Ben and Heidi log more miles each year than any couple on Tour. Caddying is in Ben's blood. His father Steve recently retired (though still pops in on occasion) after a caddying career that dates back to the 1970s. In the early 2000s, Steve started Hulka Express, a service that delivers player equipment and luggage from one event to the next. That job of loading the trailer each Sunday and driving non-stop through the night to the next PGA Tour venue now belongs to Ben and Heidi, while Ben also caddies -- primarily for C.T. Pan in 2020. On this episode we hear all about how they met, their life together on the road and what that grind is like each week to race, safely, to the next Tour stop.
Nov 23, 2020
Under The Strap - Episode 38, 11/23/20 with Mark Long
In our latest 'Under the Strap' podcast, host T.J. Auclair welcomes Mark Long. Long spent several years as caddie to Fred Funk -- after being coached by Funk on the University of Maryland golf team -- before starting his successful business called Tour Sherpa, which creates the detailed yardage books and green contours books you see players and caddies using each week on the PGA Tour. We talked all about Long's business, his great run with Funk and he even shared his incredible impersonations of both Seve Ballesteros and Raymond Floyd.
Nov 15, 2020
Under The Strap - Episode 37, 11/16/20 with Damian Lopez
Back in June, caddie Damian Lopez was one of the first to test positive for COVID-19 when the PGA Tour restarted its season. Back then, he didn't have any symptoms. A couple of weeks back -- just before the Houston Open -- Lopez tested positive a SECOND time. This time around, there were an array of symptoms. Thankfully, he's feeling much better now and is scheduled to get back to work this week at the RSM Classic. Lopez joined us on this week's 'Under the Strap' pod to talk all about his two bouts with COVID despite never letting his guard down and explains why this is something that we all need to take more seriously at such a crucial point in this pandemic.
Nov 9, 2020
Under The Strap - Episode 36, 11/9/20 Masters preview with Scott Sajtinac and John Wood
It may be seven months late due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but 2020 Masters week is finally upon us. To prepare us for the week ahead at Augusta National, we welcomed caddies Scott Sajtinac and John Wood -- veteran loopers of many, many major championships -- for a preview of what we can expect. Along with discussing how strange it will be to see Augusta National in November with no patrons, what the conditions will be like and more, we also spoke about the significance of Tiger's win in the 2019 Masters and whether or not he could shock the world and do it again.
Oct 26, 2020
Under The Strap - Episode 35, 10/26/20 with caddie Scott Martin
In this week's episode of 'Under the Strap,' host T.J. Auclair welcomed longtime friend Scott Martin -- a caddie on the PGA Tour for over two decades before retiring last March. Martin left looping for a job in the film industry back in his home of Montreal. In this pod, he shared some incredible stories about his life as a caddie -- the highs and the lows, including an intense dust up with Vijay Singh during a tournament -- a firing that was a blessing in disguise, his love of photography, continuing to chase a dream despite racking up serious debt, being on a couple of winning bags and a lot more. You don't want to miss this one!
1 hr 19 min
Oct 19, 2020
Under the Strap with Masters-winning caddies Joe LaCava, Ted Scott and Damon Green
NOTE: This podcast was originally recorded in April 2020. With the 2020 Masters finally around the corner, we wanted to bring it back in case you missed it the first time. In this special Masters edition 'Under The Strap' Podcast presented by The Caddie Network, TCN Director of Content T.J. Auclair is joined by three Masters-winning caddies: Joe LaCava (Fred Couples, 1992; Tiger Woods, 2019); Damon Green (Zach Johnson, 2007); and Ted Scott (Bubba Watson, 2012 & 2014). All three caddies give insight into what those Masters victories were like and the incredible experiences they had in the aftermath of the win.
Oct 19, 2020
Under The Strap - Episode 34, 10/19/20 with caddie Paul Fusco
It was a long time coming, but Sei Young Kim finally won her first major championship on the LPGA in the KPMG Women's PGA Championship two weeks ago. In this week's 'Under the Strap' episode, we had a chat with Kim's caddie, Paul Fusco, who has been with her every step of the way and on the bag for all 11 of her LPGA wins. Fusco talked to us about Kim's dominating 5-stroke win at Aronimink, their unforgettable trip to the 2016 Rio Olympics, his path to becoming a caddie and more.
Oct 13, 2020
Under The Strap - Episode 33, 10/13/20 with Brian Mull
On this week's episode of "Under the Strap," T.J. Auclair welcomes TCN contributor and fantasy golf insider Brian Mull. Long before becoming a top sports writer, Mull spent several years in the late 1990s and early 2000s as a caddie on the PGA Tour, looping for the likes of Larry Rinker and Jerry Kelly, among others. Mull took us back to his caddying days for some great stories like the time he wound up at the home of rock star Stephen Stills (from Crosby, Stills and Nash), told us about just how crazy Tigermania was at its peak, how much his experiences as a caddie have helped in his writing and a lot more.
1 hr 9 min
Oct 5, 2020
Under The Strap - Episode 32, 10/5/20 with Caddyshack's Michael O'Keefe (Danny Noonan) & Kip Henley
This week's episode of 'Under the Strap' was an absolute treat, as host T.J. Auclair welcomed actor Michael O'Keefe -- a man most well-known to golf fans as Danny Noonan from the hit comedy Caddyshack -- and PGA Tour caddie Kip Henley. O'Keefe recently caddied a couple of practice rounds at the U.S. Open and explained to TCN that he's hoping to land a bag at the upcoming Masters. He also provided some outstanding behind-the-scenes stories about the making of Caddyshack, explained why he didn't embrace being "Noonan" until 2007, talked about the respect he has for caddies and a whole lot more, including a fun exchange with Henley over a couple of Noonan-related tweets Henley sent out during the U.S. Open.
Sep 28, 2020
Under The Strap - Episode 31, 9/28/20 with caddie Austin Gaugert
In the latest episode of 'Under the Strap,' host T.J. Auclair welcomes Austin Gaugert. Gaugert is one of the more interesting people in golf. He played college golf at Valparaiso, is currently a PGA Professional in Wisconsin and also spends time caddying on the Symetra Tour for Casey Danielson and on the PGA Tour for Sweden's Alex Noren. Oh... and he's also competed in a few triathlons.
Sep 21, 2020
Under The Strap - Episode 30, 9/21/20 with caddie Todd Montoya
A few months back, caddie Todd Montoya (Brian Stuard) entered a raffle for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Naturally, Montoya forgot he entered that raffle. He was reminded in a big way two weeks ago while in Napa, California for the Safeway Open when he received a call notifying him that he won two of the raffle items: 1. a pre-paid credit card for $1,000; 2. The grand prize -- a $505,000 dream home. What?! In this episode of 'Under the Strap,' Montoya tells host T.J. Auclair about all the emotions that went through his head when he learned of his good fortune, talks to us about his career as a caddie dating back to 2001, his great nicknames and some hilarious on-course stories like the player who once yelled at his caddie for... sweating.
1 hr 9 min
Sep 15, 2020
Under The Strap - Episode 29, 9/15/20 U.S. Open preview with Chris P Jones
It's no secret: U.S. Open week is brutal. It is the ultimate test in golf and based on the early musings coming out of Winged Foot -- insanely thick rough, tight fairways, super-fast greens -- this week will be no different. Chris P Jones, caddie for 2016 PGA Champion Jimmy Walker, jumped on the 'Under the Strap' podcast to talk about Winged Foot, the difficulty of the U.S. Open, Danny Noonan, Grateful Dead and a whole lot more.
Sep 14, 2020
Under The Strap - Episode 28, 9/14/20 with Brennan Little
In June 2019, Brennan Little was on the bag for Gary Woodland for an outstanding U.S. Open victory at Pebble Beach. As they get set to defend this week at Winged Foot in New York, we sat down for a chat with Little -- now a two-time major winning caddie. Little also spent years caddying for Canada's Mike Weir -- a childhood friend -- and was alongside him for a victory in the 2003 Masters. We talked to Little about his 2+ decades as a caddie, his own professional career, staying at the home of childhood hero Wayne Gretzky and a whole lot more.
Sep 8, 2020
Under The Strap - Episode 27, 9/8/20 with Linksoul's John Ashworth
When it comes to fashion icons in the game of golf, they don't get much bigger than John Ashworth, who put golf lifestyle clothing on the map with Ashworth Golf and continues to do so today with Linksoul. Believe it or not, Ashworth's career in fashion started after spending a season as a caddie on the PGA Tour. In this episode, Ashworth tells us all about his journey, taking a bag from his older brother at the 1986 Masters, his passion project at Goat Hill Park in Oceanside, California, and a whole lot more.
Aug 31, 2020
Under The Strap - Episode 26, 8/31/20 with European Tour caddie Basile Dalberto
In this week's episode of 'Under the Strap,' host T.J. Auclair welcomes Basile Dalberto, caddie for France's Matthieu Pavon on the European Tour. Dalberto shares loads of great stories about his travels through the years, including an absolute gem involving a European Tour caddie celebrating with a player and other caddies after a victory, before waking up on a fishing boat the following day in the middle of the ocean. Dalberto also discusses his favorite destinations in the world, playing college golf and how he never actually wanted to be a professional caddie... but sure is glad that's how things turned out.
Aug 24, 2020
Under The Strap - Episode 25, 8/24/20 With Scott Sajtinac and Damian Lopez
In this week's episode of 'Under the Strap,' host T.J. Auclair welcomes caddies Scott Sajtinac and Damian Lopez. They talk about the 2019-20 PGA Tour season winding down, the PGA Tour Playoffs for the FedExCup, crazy low scores at the Northern Trust, majors around the corner, best caddie pranksters on Tour and a whole lot more.
1 hr 7 min
Aug 17, 2020
Under The Strap - Episode 24, 8/17/20 With Steve Hulka
In this episode of “Under the Strap,” host T.J. Auclair welcomes Steve Hulka. Hulka recently retired as a PGA Tour caddie after a career that incredibly spanned most of the last nearly 45 years. Hulka looks back at some of his fondest memories – including a good chunk of time with World Golf Hall of Famer David Graham – talks about having caddied for both Arnold Palmer and his grandson Sam Saunders (how many caddies can say that?), a successful business he started to help PGA Tour players and their families and a whole lot more.
1 hr 12 min
Aug 10, 2020
Under The Strap - Episode 23, 8/10/20 PGA Championship recap
On this episode of "Under the Strap," host T.J. Auclair welcomes caddies Damian Lopez (Michael Thompson) and Geno Bonnalie (Joel Dahmen) to talk about the week that was at TPC Harding Park in the season's first major -- the PGA Championship. Lopez, unfortunately, wasn't around for the weekend, but Bonnalie helped guide Dahmen to a 3-under 67 on Sunday and his first top 10 in a major (T10).
Aug 6, 2020
Under The Strap - Episode 22, 8/6/20 PGA Championship preview
We're just hours away from the start of the 102nd PGA Championship at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco. Before the first major tees off, caddies Scott Sajtinac (Jason Dufner), Kenny Harms (Kevin Na) and Damian Lopez (Michael Thompson) joined Under the Strap host T.J. Auclair for a preview of what's to come after their three days of scouting out the course. The three caddies talk about the intricacies of Harding Park, the attributes it'll take to win, analyze key holes, describe the "weirdness" of a major with no fans and more.
Aug 4, 2020
Under The Strap - Episode 21, 8/4/20 with LPGA caddies Matthew Galloway, Patrick Smith and Cole Pensanti
The LPGA Tour returned to action for the first time since February last week with the LPGA Drive On Championship at Inverness in Toledo, Ohio. It was the first LPGA event played during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Afterwards, we caught up with caddies Matthew Galloway (Angel Yin), Patrick Smith (Lizette Salas) and Cole Pensanti (Cristie Kerr) to find out what their new normal was like, as well as what's coming up... including a trip to Scotland for the AIG Women's Open.
Aug 3, 2020
Under The Strap - Episode 20, 8/3/20 with John Wood, Joe Skovron and John Rathouz
Unfortunately, the 2020 Olympics -- which would have been under way right now -- were postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We recently caught up with three caddies who were their for golf's return to the Games in 2016 in Rio. John Wood (Matt Kuchar), Joe Skovron (Rickie Fowler) and John Rathouz (Seamus Power) joined host T.J. Auclair to chat all about their experiences in Rio. They shared great stories about hanging with the Team USA basketball team loaded with NBA stars, what it was like to be an American as part of Team Ireland and a whole lot more.
Jul 27, 2020
Under The Strap - Episode 19, 7/27/20 with J.J. Jakovac
In this week's 'Under the Strap' podcast, we welcome J.J. Jakovac. Jakovac caddies for one of the most talented young players in the game -- Collin Morikawa. In just 13 months together, the peer has collected two victories -- the latest coming at Muirfield Village in the Workday Charity Open in a thrilling playoff with Justin Thomas -- and Morikawa has soared in the Official World Golf Rankings. Jakovac told us about Morikawa's key attributes and shared several others stories, including what it was like to be part of the winning 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup contingent at Hazeltine and the time he Monday-qualified for a Korn Ferry Tour event only to have the player he typically caddied for go on to win that week.
Jul 20, 2020
Under The Strap - Episode 18, 7/20/20 with Jerry Foltz, Kip Henley and Benji Thompson
In this week's 'Under the Strap' podcast, host T.J. Auclair welcomes Golf Channel on-course reporter Jerry Foltz, along with caddies Kip Henley (Stewart Cink) and Benji Thompson (Lexi Thompson). Foltz shares his personal favorite caddie stories from his playing days, the guys discuss the person on Twitter who claimed a 4-handicapper could compete on the LPGA Tour and a whole lot more.
1 hr 17 min
Jul 13, 2020
Under The Strap - Episode 17, 7/13/20 with Scott Sajtinac, Damian Lopez and Jeff Willett
In this week's podcast, host T.J. Auclair welcomes veteran caddies Scott Sajtinac, Damian Lopez and Jeff Willett. They talk about what things have been like under the PGA Tour's "new normal" since the restart in June -- including Lopez's own positive test for COVID-19 -- the aspects that have taken some getting used to, two weeks at Muirfield Village and more.
1 hr 2 min
Jul 6, 2020
Under The Strap - Episode 16, 7/6/20 with with Austin Kaiser, Joe Greiner and Dave Pelekoudas
In this week's 'Under the Strap' podcast, host T.J. Auclair welcomes PGA Tour caddies Austin Kaiser, Joe Greiner and Dave Pelekoudas. They caddie for Xander Shauffele, Max Homa and Sam Ryder, respectively. We learn about how they got their start on the PGA Tour -- including Kaiser passing up a career in law enforcement -- tales of busting chops with Tiger Woods and more.
Jun 29, 2020
Under The Strap - Episode 15, 6/29/20 with Paul Goydos, Scott Sajtinac and Chris Mazziotti
In this week's 'Under the Strap' podcast, host T.J. Auclair welcomes Paul Goydos, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour, a five-time winner on the Champions Tour and a man who has fired a 59. We're also joined by Chris Mazziotti -- Goydos' current caddie (who was on the bag for the 59 at the John Deere Classic in 2010) -- and Scott Sajtinac, one of Goydos' former caddies, who was on the bag for Stuart Appleby's 59 at Greenbrier just weeks after Goydos went sub-60. We cover loads of topics and Goydos even provides some great caddie stories.
1 hr 11 min
Jun 22, 2020
Under The Strap - Episode 14, 6/22/20 with Brian Reed, Johnny Thompson and Iration's Micah Pueschel
In this episode of 'Under the Strap,' T.J. Auclair welcomes caddie Brian Reed and two of Reed's good buddies -- Johnny Thompson, a Tour rep for Callaway Golf and Micah Pueschel, lead singer for the popular reggae-rock band Iration. We hear about how golf has forged a special friendship for both Reed and Thompson with Pueschel (an avid golfer) and also learn about the lengths Pueschel will go to in order to play a great golf course while on tour with his band.
Jun 18, 2020
Happy Hour Podcast - Episode 11, 6/18/20 with Damian Lopez, Brad Swearingen and Chad Antus
In this week's 'Happy Hour' podcast, host Damian Lopez welcomes fellow caddies Brad Swearingen and Chad Antus to learn all about their interesting paths to the PGA Tour. For his part, Swearingen is the self-proclaimed "Crash" Davis of the minor leagues, a part of seven wins on the Korn Ferry Tour, helping several players graduate to the PGA Tour... where Swearingen has also spent plenty of time as a caddie. Antus also explains the best way to land a bag on the bigger tours if you're an aspiring professional caddie.
1 hr 14 min
Jun 14, 2020
Under The Strap - Episode 13, 6/15/20 with Kenny Harms and Chris P. Jones
On this week's 'Under the Strap' podcast, host T.J. Auclair welcomes Kenny Harms and Chris P. Jones -- two caddies who were in Fort Worth, Texas, for the Charles Schwab Challenge, the PGA Tour's first event since the 2019-20 season came to a halt in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Harms, who caddies for 2019 Schwab champ Kevin Na and Jones, caddie for Jimmy Walker, gave us the inside scoop on what things were like behind the scenes for the first week of the PGA Tour's "new normal."
Jun 11, 2020
Happy Hour Podcast - Episode 10, 6/11/20 with Damian Lopez, Scott Sajtinac, Joe Duplantis and the Bethpage boys
In this 'Happy Hour' podcast, caddies Damian Lopez, Scott Sajtinac and Joe Duplantis reunite with some friends they met during the week of the 2019 PGA Championship at Bethpage Black. While on Long Island that week, the caddies found a local pub that became their second home on the trip. That's where they met some golf fans, who became their drinking buddies for the duration of the stay. The fans join the caddies to reflect on that fun week and dig into a fun golf chat.
1 hr 29 min
Jun 8, 2020
Under The Strap - Episode 12, 6/8/20 with Jeff Johnson and Chris P. Jones
If these two caddies could avoid flying altogether, they would. And it's not due to a fear of flying... it's just that Jeff Johnson (caddie for Retief Goosen) and Chris P. Jones (Jimmy Walker) prefer having "their stuff" with them at all times and coming and going as they please. Johnson and Jones joined host T.J. Auclair on the latest 'Under the Strap' podcast to talk about their lives zig-zagging the country in the converted home on wheels each of them spend a good chunk of their days in. Along with some crazy -- even scary -- instances they've had during their travels, the pair also share some of the reasons you might consider for traveling by land instead of air.
1 hr 1 min
Jun 4, 2020
Happy Hour Podcast - Episode 9, 6/4/20 with Damian Lopez, Scott Sajtinac and Jeff Willett
In this week's 'Happy Hour' podcast, caddies Damian Lopez, Scott Sajtinac and Jeff Willett focus in on next week's first event back since the COVID-19 pandemic started in March -- the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas. The loopers explain the process of the COVID testing they've already done at home, as well as what they anticipate the "new normal" to be like once they arrive on site. That and many more topics. Go grab your favorite beverage, get comfortable in your favorite chair, sit back, relax and enjoy all the stories these guys have to share.
1 hr 4 min
Jun 1, 2020
Under The Strap - Episode 11, 6/1/20 with Tony Navarro and John 'Cub' Burke
In this week's 'Under the Strap' podcast, host T.J. Auclair welcomes two PGA Tour caddies who have seen it all in their combined 80 years inside the ropes -- Tony Navarro and John 'Cub' Burke. Navarro, who currently works for Nick Watney, was the bagman for Greg Norman in his heyday during the 1990s. He was also there for the 1996 Masters -- something Navarro gave us plenty of great insight on. Navarro also spent time caddying for Raymond Floyd and Adam Scott. Burke, meanwhile, is part of a bag-share currently with Bill Haas, but previously caddied for the likes of Davis Love III and Brad Faxon, looping in four Ryder Cups. When he's not caddying, Burke is at home in Sun Valley, Idaho coaching the Black Diamond Hockey League.
May 28, 2020
Happy Hour Podcast - Episode 8, 5/28/20 with Damian Lopez, Dave Pelekoudas and Jordan Guilford
In this week's 'Happy Hour' podcast, caddie host Damian Lopez sits down for a laidback chat with fellow loopers 'Big Wave' Dave Pelekoudas (caddie for Sam Ryder) and Jordan Guilford (Beau Hossler) -- two of the younger guys in the caddie ranks with just a few years under their belts. D'Lo asks questions of the next-gen loopers specifically about how they map courses, dating apps, cat-fishing, favorite cities and more. Go grab your favorite beverage, get comfortable in your favorite chair, sit back, relax and enjoy all the stories these guys have to share.
May 26, 2020
Under The Strap - Episode 10, 5/26/20 with Les Luark, Jason McDede and Caro Masson
The 2020 LPGA season will not resume until late July at the earliest, but last week the Tour announced that caddies would be optional for the remainder of the season to limit contact with others for those players with coronavirus concerns. In this week's 'Under the Strap' podcast, host T.J. Auclair welcomes LPGA caddies Les Luark (Lydia Ko), Jason McDede (Nelly Korda) and four-time European Solheim Cup team member Caro Masson to get their thoughts on the LPGA's decision, how it impacts loopers and to answer the question "will players take advantage of this decision simply to save money on taking a caddie?" All that and a lot more, including stories from the Solheim Cup and career highlights.
May 21, 2020
Happy Hour Podcast - Episode 7, 5/21/20 with caddies Damian Lopez, Brian Vranesh and Jon Turcott
In this week's 'Happy Hour' podcast, caddie host Damian Lopez chats with fellow loopers Brian Vranesh and Jon Turcott. The interesting thing about Vranesh and Turcott? Both actually played on the PGA Tour before becoming caddies. We hear about their playing days and the support they received to pursue their dream, what ultimately led them to caddying and a whole lot more. Go grab your favorite beverage, get comfortable in your favorite chair, sit back, relax and enjoy all the stories these guys have to share.
1 hr 12 min
May 14, 2020
Happy Hour Podcast - Episode 6, 5/14/20 featuring Kelley James with Wayne Birch Jr. and Brett Waldman
In this week’s ‘Happy Hour’ podcast, talented singer-songwriter and golf lover Kelley James sits in as a TCN guest host, welcoming PGA Tour-winning caddies Brett Waldman and Wayne Birch Jr. The trio shares great stories, including one about James’ wife, Renee, whose first round of golf ever — get this — was at Augusta National! James even closes out the show with a spectacular caddie-centric freestyle wrap. Got grab your favorite cocktail, sit back, relax and enjoy the show!
May 11, 2020
Under The Strap - Episode 8, 5/11/2020 with Scott Sajtinac, John Wood and Heath Holt
In this week's episode of 'Under the Strap,' host T.J. Auclair is joined by caddies Scott Sajtinac (Jason Dufner), John Wood (Matt Kuchar) and Heath Holt (Greg Chalmers) to learn about how the Association of Professional Tour Caddies (APTC) works and how it benefits its members. Sajtinac is the president of the APTC, Wood is vice president and Holt is the treasurer. Along with learning about the group -- comprised of nearly 200 PGA Tour caddies -- the guys also announce the APTC's new benevolent fund, set up to help caddies through difficult times... something that got off the ground thanks to a generous donation from a top Tour player.
1 hr 11 min
May 7, 2020
Happy Hour Podcast - Episode 5, 5/7/20 with Damian Lopez, Brent Everson and Jeff Willett
In this week's 'Happy Hour' podcast on The Caddie Network, caddies Damian Lopez, Brent Everson and Jeff Willett let you in on some all-time great caddie stories, including hilarious moments with roommates on the road and a whole lot more. So, go grab your beverage of choice, then sit back, relax and enjoy this 'Happy Hour' podcast!
1 hr 3 min
May 5, 2020
Under The Strap - Episode 9, 5/18/20 with Kip Henley and Don Donatello
In this week's 'Under the Strap' podcast, host T.J. Auclair is joined by caddies Kip Henley and Don Donatello. Before both Henley and Donatello became PGA Tour fixtures in the caddie area, they had their own aspirations of playing at the highest level. In 2004, they were the two finalists on Golf Channel's Big Break II: Las Vegas and, arguably, the two biggest stars in the reality show's 18-season run. Henley and Donatello look back on how the experience played out from the initial audition to the long days at the course to Donatello's trademark smack-talk (which Henley admits, "made the show!") and a whole lot more.
1 hr 6 min
May 4, 2020
Under The Strap - Episode 7, 5/4/2020 with Eric Larson and Tommy Chong
On this week's 'Under the Strap' podcast, host T.J. Auclair welcomes two very special guests -- PGA Tour caddie Eric Larson and Tommy Chong from the iconic Cheech & Chong comedy team. Why these two together, you ask? Larson and Chong became friends when they were in federal prison together in the early 2000s and have remained close ever since. Here, they tell you all about that and a whole lot more.
1 hr 23 min
Apr 30, 2020
Happy Hour Podcast - Episode 4, 4/30/20 with Aaron Flener and Joe Horowitz
In this week's 'Happy Hour' podcast on The Caddie Network, caddie Aaron Flener chats with musician Joe Horowitz -- who also happens to be a professional golfer. The pair shares some great, inside stories you're sure to enjoy and Horowitz also performs a couple of songs. So, go grab your beverage of choice, then sit back, relax and enjoy this 'Happy Hour' podcast!
Apr 27, 2020
Under The Strap - Episode 6, 4/27/20 with Kevin Na and Kenny Harms
In this week's episode, TCN Director of Content T.J. Auclair welcomes the player/caddie team of Kevin Na and Kenny Harms. Na turned pro at just 17 years old and was the youngest rookie on the PGA Tour in 2004. Since linking up in 2008 with caddie Kenny Harms – who has looped over the years for the likes of Hubert Green, Jan Stephenson, Hale Irwin and others – Na has won four times on the PGA Tour, including three wins since July of 2018. Today, we’ll hear about Na’s decision to forgo college and turn pro, viral moments he’s had on the course, how significant it has been having Harms on the bag and a whole lot more. **
Apr 23, 2020
Happy Hour Podcast - Episode 3, 4/24/20 with Kurt Kowaluk, Scott Sajtinac, Michael Bestor and Mark Urbanek
In episode 3 of our caddies-only 'Happy Hour' podcast, loopers Kurt Kowaluk, Scott Sajtinac, Mark Urbanek and Michael Bestor give you a glimpse into life as a caddie and share some epic stories about their respective journey over the years. There are plenty of tales you’ve never heard before and will most certainly want to hear!
Apr 20, 2020
Under The Strap - Episode 5, 4/20/20 with Scott Gneiser, Ryan Rue and Eric Meller
In this week's 'Caddies United' podcast, TCN's Director of Content T.J. Auclair welcomes caddie guests Scott Gneiser (David Toms), Ryan Rue (Chris DiMarco) and Eric Meller (Jerry Kelly). On this episode, the guys share career highlights, a crazy health scare, Hollywood moments on the road and a whole lot more.
1 hr 23 min
Apr 17, 2020
Happy Hour Podcast - Episode 2, 4/17/20 with Damian Lopez, Jeff Willett and Brian Reed
In the second episode of our caddies-only 'Happy Hour' podcast, Damian "D'Lo" Lopez (Michael Thompson) welcomes buddies Jeff "Skillet" Willett (Nick Taylor) and Brian Reed (Kyle Stanley) for a laid-back chat about caddie holidays, favorite brews on the road, music and an incredible story from Willett about how he was once invited to a party at a Pebble Beach mansion... to serve as a valet attendant!
Apr 13, 2020
Under The Strap - Episode 4, 4/13/20 with Mike 'Fluff' Cowan and Mike Hicks
In this week's 'Caddies United' podcast, TCN Director of Content T.J. Auclair is joined by two guests who are absolute caddie legends. Mike 'Fluff' Cowan and Mike Hicks have a combined 80+ years of experience as PGA Tour caddies. They let you in on some incredible tales from when they first started out, walk you through several career highlights and even share the mementos they treasure most from their remarkable careers.
1 hr 1 min
Apr 10, 2020
Happy Hour Podcast - Episode 1, 4/10/20 with Geno Bonnalie, Aaron Flener and Dale Vallely
In the first episode of our caddies-only 'Happy Hour' podcast, Geno Bonnalie (Joel Dahmen) welcomes buddies Aaron Flener (J.T. Poston) and Dale Vallely (Abraham Ancer) for a laid-back chat about what's going on at home during this COVID-19 quarantine, tales from the road playing alongside Tiger and a classic story from Geno that's probably going to get him in trouble with his family!
Apr 6, 2020
Under The Strap - Episode 3, 4/6/20 with Joe LaCava, Damon Green and Ted Scott
In this special Masters edition Caddies United Podcast presented by The Caddie Network, TCN Director of Content T.J. Auclair is joined by three Masters-winning caddies: Joe LaCava (Fred Couples, 1992; Tiger Woods, 2019); Damon Green (Zach Johnson, 2007); and Ted Scott (Bubba Watson, 2012 & 2014). All three caddies give insight into what those Masters victories were like and the incredible experiences they had in the aftermath of the win.
Mar 30, 2020
Under The Strap - Episode 2, 3/31/20 with Paul Tesori, Damon Green and Brian Vranesh
In the second episode of the Caddies United Podcast presented by The Caddie Network (TCN), TCN Director of Content T.J. Auclair welcomes caddie guests Paul Tesori, Damon Green and Brian Vranesh -- three current caddies who have all PLAYED on either the Korn Ferry, PGA Tour or PGA Tour Champions.
1 hr 13 min
Mar 23, 2020
Under The Strap - Episode 1, 3/23/20 with Scott Sajtinac and Paul Tesori
In the first episode of the Caddies United Podcast presented by The Caddie Network (TCN), TCN Director of Content T.J. Auclair covers a number of topics with Scott Sajtinac (caddie for Jason Dufner) and Paul Tesori (caddie for Webb Simpson), including the recent coronavirus outbreak that has caused tournament cancellations on the PGA Tour, fun stories from life on the Tour, Tesori's special bond with PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan and plenty more.