SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Tiger Woods returns to action this week as host of the PGA Tour’s Genesis Invitational. That has been expected for some time. But who will Woods target now that Joe LaCava has moved in permanently with Patrick Cantlay?
Golf week has learned that veteran caddy Lance Bennett has been chosen by Woods for the plum assignment at Riviera. Woods knows Bennett well from his days caddying for Matt Kuchar, including a win alongside him at the 2012 Players during his prime.
In recent years, Bennett has bagged Sungjae Im and Davis Riley and also spent time on the LPGA with Juli Inkster, Paula Creamer and Lorena Ochoa. This season he is working full-time for Tour rookie Adrien Dumont de Chassart, a Belgian golfer who competed in Illinois and won twice on the Korn Ferry Tour, earning KFT Player of the Year honors last season.
Dumont de Chassart (ACDC for short) and Woods are managed by the same agency, and Dumont de Chassart is not in the field this week, making it easy for Bennett to jump into Tiger’s bag. It’s possible Bennett could also be in contention for Tiger at the Players Championship and the Masters, but sources say Tiger could bounce between a number of different caddies.
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Rob McNamara, Tiger’s longtime business partner and vice president of TGR Ventures, caddyed for Tiger at the Hero World Challenge in December and could reprise the role, and Woods did not rule out the possibility of son Charlie serving as his sidekick in the future serve. asked if he could carry his bag.
Woods is making his first official Tour start since withdrawing from the Masters after making the cut in April. How much Woods plays this season will depend on his health, but he has made it very clear that he expects to play a limited schedule focused on the majors.
Woods originally had Mike “Fluff” Cowan in his pocket when he won the 1997 Masters, went on to win 13 majors and 72 Tour titles with Steve Williams, and joined LaCava in 2012.
Attempts to confirm Tiger’s caddy with his management team were not returned.