Aussie caddy rides a Tseng-sational wave
Steve Williams and Tiger Woods are living proof that no matter how
Player and caddy partnerships are conducted in high-pressure environments with the stress of travel thrown in. With a few exceptions, they are not built to last.
Hamilton is realistic enough to
But it is his current player with whom he has had the most success – a partnership into its third season and proving lucrative for both parties.
Since Yani Tseng sacked her previous caddy, Dave Poitevent, after winning the Kraft Nabisco Championship in April 2010, she has won 17 titles with Hamilton on
At the time Tseng was looking for a
“Tim injured his shoulder and had to take a few months off. I was looking for something to fill in for a few months,” Hamilton recalled.
“Tim (Wilkinson) completely understood. He gave me a push, actually, and said he didn’t know when he would be able to come back.”
Like many caddies, Hamilton turned to ‘looping’ because he loved the game but wasn’t good enough to make it as a player. After leaving school he devoted himself to golf, working at Drummond Golf in several stores and playing at Commonwealth in Melbourne’s sandbelt. “But I figured out pretty early that I wasn’t going to be good enough.
One of his friends, though, did turn pro and asked Hamilton if he was interested in caddying for him in Europe for a year. “I was 21 and didn’t really envisage it going very far. But I thought it would be a
While many player/caddy deals vary, the general rule of thumb is that the bag man earns five per cent of a player’s prize money with bonuses of an extra two per cent for
Hamilton earned enough in his second year to almost cover his expenses and he made a slight profit the year after. Five years in and he was ready to go home and settle down … but then he figured he had picked up a bit of knowledge and it would be a shame to waste it by giving it all away.
“This is my 23rd year at it and I’m enjoying it more than ever,” he said. “I’ve had the opportunity to work with some really good players and that is the greatest opportunity to learn about the game. But sometimes it is not working anymore and instead of trying to fix something that is broke it is better to move on. It’s part of the job and you don’t hold grudges.”
His rapport with Tseng is built on relieving pressure. “She has got a sense of humour and her English has come a long way.
She likes to keep it pretty loose out there so we chat about random stuff just to take her mind off golf between shots. She can turn it on for a minute then go back to relaxing.”
While he’s had plenty of laughs with Tseng, it’s a no-contest when it comes to the funniest thing he has seen on tour. “My funniest thing
His best moments on tour, not surprisingly, have come on his current “wave” but he’s also convinced even better days are ahead.
“Caddying is all about experience and having time in the game,” he said. “When I was younger I didn’t know very much and was just trying to stay out of the way. But it is a game you never stop learning about and if a caddy has been around for a while then he should know the ropes and be able to help his player out.”
|2007||DLF Women's Indian Open|
|2007||TLPGA Tour Nan-Fong|
|2007||CN Canadian Women's Tour|
|2008||Royal Ladies Open Taiwan|
|2008||McDonald's LPGA Championship|
|2009||LPGA Corning Classic|
|2010||Taifong Ladies Open|
|2010||Handa Women's Australian Open|
|2010||Kraft Nabisco Championship|
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|2010||Ricoh Women's British Open|
|2010||P&G NW Arkansas Championship|
|2011||Taifong Ladies Open|
|2011||ISPS Handa Women's Australian Open|
|2011||ANZ RACV Ladies Masters|
|2011||Honda LPGA Thailand|
|2011||LPGA State Farm Classic|
|2011||Wegmans LPGA Championship|
|2011||Ricoh Women's British Open|
|2011||Walmart NW Arkansas Championship|
|2011||LPGA Hana Bank Championship|
|2011||Sunrise LPGA Taiwan Championship|
|2011||Suzhou Taihu Ladies Open|
|2011||Swinging Skirts TLPGA Invitational|
|2012||Honda LPGA Thailand|
|2012||RR Donnelley LPGA Founders Cup|