ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – PGA Tour players are always experimenting, either with new equipment, a new swing, even a new mental outlook.
But this week at the RSM Classic features some unique experiments, with two high-profile players opting to use unconventional caddies.
Bill Haas will play this week’s event with his father, Jay, on the bag. The elder Haas is a nine-time winner on the PGA Tour and a regular contender on the PGA Tour Champions. He’s also Bill’s swing coach.
“He just said, ‘I’d love to caddie for you sometime,’ and I thought let’s just do it at the end of the year,” said Bill Haas, who added that his father hasn’t caddied from him since his junior days. “I’ve been struggling and he’s the guy I lean on for my swing. It’s a learning experience for me just to try to get better and having him on the bag is just a better option.”
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Zach Johnson is also trying a new face on the bag – his sports psychologist, Dr. Mo Pickens.
“It’s one of those things where it’s a lot easier for him to see where I am, Nos. 1 through 18, rather than just walking outside the ropes and trying to assess from there,” Johnson said.
Pickens will caddie for Johnson for Rounds 1 and 2, then will be replaced by Johnson’s regular looper, Damon Green.