Replacement for Wood
The Fall series is known in the Caddie World as “break-up season”. As players evaluate what they did well and what needs to be changed from the previous year, many decide it is easiest to change caddies. Never mind the impact these changes make to the lives of the guys carrying their bags, giving them advice, providing support, and traveling the world with them, it is just simpler to part ways and move on. There are occasions, when the break-up is mutual, or the caddie decides its time to move on, but that is fairly rare.
This year has been no different. Take for instance, Matt Kuchar ending his partnership with longtime caddie, Lance Bennett following a top 20 season. For many, this was a shocking move. Lance had been on Matt’s bag for the better part of his career on the PGA Tour. With a finite amount of golfers and professional caddies available, a break-up like this almost certainly leads to a domino effect.
So what happened…
Caddie, John Wood, replaced Bennett on Kuchar’s bag, leaving Hunter Mahan without the man who had been his teammate for many years. Of course, this meant the Dallas native, needed to go find another caddie for himself.
In comes veteran of 17 years, Jon Yarbrough. For the past 2 years, Jon has been the right hand man for PGA Professional, Scott Stallings. Jon, who also lives in Dallas and was born in Atlanta, GA has caddied for the likes of Gary Woodland, Kyle Stanley, John Mallinger, Kris Cox, and DJ Brigman during his career. With both Mahan and Yarbrough currently living in the Dallas area, the fit seems to be natural. At the very least, they can always go and enjoy some BBQ together during their off weeks.
We are still waiting to hear who will back-fill Jon’s spot with Scott Stallings, but will keep you informed as soon as we get a definitive answers. The rumor mill is swirling, so we expect to hear something soon.
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