Tiger Woods won the Masters, his first major championship win since 2008, on April 14. For his longtime caddie, Joe LaCava, it was a historic moment and possibly déjà vu. The very experienced bagman has seen many courses, many tournaments, and many a legend. Our Joe LaCava wiki recounts some of the historic moments Tiger Woods’ caddie has experienced on the greens.
|About Joe LaCava III|
|Known As||Joe LaCava|
|Birth||February 23, 1964 Connecticut|
|Children||Joe LaCava IV, Lauren LaCava|
|Parents||Joseph LaCava Jr, Mary Ann Young LaCava|
|Alumni||Western Connecticut State University, Newtown High School|
|Works For||Tiger Woods|
|Related To||Ken Green (Cousin)|
|Worked For||Fred Couples, Ken Green, Davis Love, Justin Leonard, Mike Hulbert, John Cook, Dustin Johnson|
Joe LaCava Is from Connecticut
LaCava is a resident of Southbury where he lives with his wife, Megan LaCava, and kids. Megan is the manager of the local gift shop, Newbury Place.
Their daughter, Lauren, is a student at Endicott College in Beverly, Massachusetts. Their son, Joe LaCava IV, played varsity football at Pomperaug High School and currently plays at James Madison University.
He Played Golf with His Father
Joseph Francis LaCava Jr. was a youth sports coach who played football, basketball, and baseball. But his favorite activity was playing golf. He was a member of the Newtown Country Club for almost five decades and won local golf tournaments.
Joseph passed his love for sports on to his children and grandchildren, including to son Joe. The younger LaCava graduated from Western Connecticut State University with a degree in finance in 1986. He played football, basketball, and golf at Newton High School.
The caddie never played collegiate golf, but some of his best memories involve playing golf with his father.
Joe’s father passed away in 2009 at the age of 72.
LaCava Was Hired by Woods in 2011
LaCava has been a caddie for almost three decades and has worked with golfers like Fred Couples, Ken Green, Davis Love, Justin Leonard, Mike Hulbert, John Cook, and Dustin Johnson. He initially considered using his finance degree to get into investment banking like his father once did until his cousin, Ken Green, offered him a steady job as a bagman.
When Tiger Woods parted ways with Steve Williams, his caddie of 13 years, he sought out the most famous bagman on the greens, aka Joe LaCava. In 2011, LaCava made his debut as Tiger Woods’ caddie at the Frys.com Open.
When injuries and personal struggles caused a decline in Woods’ game, LaCava was getting offers from other golfers. But he stuck by Tiger and waited for his renaissance.
His patience paid off when Tiger made the tee shot at the 12th hole on April 14 and won the Masters. It was the second historic win LaCava witnessed at the same tee in his career.
Twenty-seven years ago, he was at the 12th hole with his then-boss of two decades, Fred Couples, when the legend made the same shot and won the 1992 Masters. LaCava said that was one of the best memories of his entire career.
LaCava is carrying Woods’ bag for at least 40 weeks a year. When he’s not globetrotting, he spends time in Connecticut with his family and catching up on his favorite sports teams like the Rangers and the Knicks. When he’s with Woods, LaCava stays in the beach house across from the pro’s Florida home.
LaCava Is One of the Highest-Paid Caddies
Caddies can earn anywhere from five percent to 10% of the golfer’s winnings, as well as a sizeable salary. They typically don’t pay their own travel expenses, either. But when the golfer isn’t winning any tournaments, the caddies often struggle financially.
Back when he was carrying Fred Couples’ bag, LaCava earned $200,000 in less than a year. Couples earned more than $2.5 million in winnings in 1991, which made LaCava’s cut even bigger.
When Tiger Woods’ career was in a slump, LaCava could have lost a lot more in winnings. But his salary of $1.0 million a year was apparently decent compensation for the lack of work.