Zach Johnson finds emergency caddie from unlikely source: Another golfer's wife

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<a class="link rapid-noclick-resp" href="/pga/players/2739/" data-ylk="slk:Zach Johnson">Zach Johnson</a> owes a big favor to one of his friends on the PGA Tour. (Getty Images)
Zach Johnson owes a big favor to one of his friends on the PGA Tour. (Getty Images)

When Zach Johnson’s caddie had to tap out of a round due to dehydration, his playing partner Matt Kuchar had quite the suggestion for a replacement. And it ended up working out.

Kuchar’s wife Sybi ended up filling in for Johnson’s caddie Damon Green at the first round of the Mayakoba Classic in Mexico, carrying Johnson’s full bag of clubs for nine holes.

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Green reportedly hadn’t been feeling well for the last few days and later received an IV, according to the PGA Tour’s website. With Johnons needing a replacement, his friend Kuchar suggested someone he knew would be in the crowd.

From the PGA Tour:

“I knew Sybi was in the crowd, I knew she had caddied for me before and was friendly with Zach Johnson, and figured she would be good to handle it, and Zach would go easy on her.

“She knows the deal of keeping up and staying out of the way,” Kuchar added, “and I knew Zach would be happy to see a friendly face to take over the bag.”

The change in caddies also coincided with an uptick in Johnson’s performance, as the American two birdies and an eagle in the last six holes of the day to finish at even par. Kuchar is currently tied for the lead after shooting an opening 64.

Funnily enough, Kuchar himself reportedly needed an emergency caddie heading into the tournament, since he was a late commitment. With his normal caddie already holding a scheduling conflict, Kuchar instead hired a local caddie to fill the void. Perhaps going forward, someone a little closer to home could step in.

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