September 25, 2011
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For one glorious afternoon it seemed like all was right in the golfing world. Following one of the most incredible finishes of the year at the Solheim Cup, the Tour Championship stepped onto the big stage and produced a down-to-the-wire finish that saw Bill Haas scramble from the water on the second playoff hole for par, before canning a 4-footer on the next hole to take home a nifty $11.4 million and the FedEx Cup title.
No doubt about it, drama was everywhere you looked on Sunday. For as much as we talk about this sport lacking highlight-reel moments, the finishes we saw proved once again that the future of golf is bright. Very bright.
And that's why it seems so odd that in the midst of such a memorable day for both tours we're suddenly having to shift our focus to a golfer that had nothing to do with the finish in Ireland or Atlanta. Of course, that golfer would be Tiger Woods. He's the only guy on the planet that could take our focus off these performances.
Ever since Woods dropped Stevie Williams from the bag, he's been on the lookout for a new caddie. Temporary loop, and good friend, Bryon Bell kept the seat warm, but as Woods continued to struggle -- capping things off with his first missed cut at the PGA Championship -- you almost knew a permanent caddie was around the corner, especially with the regular season coming to a close.
And sure enough, on Sunday afternoon, the news broke: Joe LaCava was leaving Dustin Johnson to take over for Tiger Woods. Johnson's swing instructor, Butch Harmon, was the first to share the news during Sky Sports' broadcast of the Tour Championship's final round.
LaCava apparently told Johnson, while the two were in Atlanta, that he was moving to Woods' bag. After Woods and Johnson spoke about the move, Johnson then informed Harmon, who announced the move on television before Woods confirmed the hire on his website.
Woods and LaCava will work together at the Frys.com Open in October, meaning we should get to see them in action before the Presidents Cup. While the move seems to make sense, it seems odd that it would come out on a day when the golf world had so much going for it.
This isn't the first time Woods has tried to hijack the spotlight. He decided to make his first public appearance following his car accident on the Friday of the Accenture Match Play, and has continually tried to time other announcements around big golf events.
Is the move a big deal? Of course. Despite his struggles, Woods is still the biggest name in the game, and his decision to add a new caddie is certainly news -- especially since Woods will have to face Johnson when the U.S. team heads to Australia for the Presidents Cup.
Sure, Butch Harmon made the announcement, but Woods could have waited to confirm things until Monday. Why crash the parade with news that could be put on hold for less than 12 hours? It just screams of a guy trying to desperately remain in the limelight.
Tiger Woods is back in the news again. Great. It's just a shame his announcement had to overshadow some incredible moments that actually occurred on the golf course.
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