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Tiger Woods hires long-time friend caddie Joe LaCaba

By Leo Reyes     Sep 26, 2011 in Sports
Popular golfer Tiger Woods announced Sunday he has hired long-time friend caddie Joe LaCaba as his new caddie. LaCaba worked as Dustin Johnson's caddie prior to joining Woods.
LaCaba's first tournament under Woods is the open scheduled for October 6-9.
In his official website, Woods confirmed LaCaba's appointment and said he is anxious to be working with his new caddie.
"Mark [Steinberg] and I were approached by a lot of people, including Joe, who expressed an interest in becoming my caddie," Woods said. "This was an important decision, and I wanted to think about it carefully. Also, out of deference for the FedExCup Playoffs, I decided to wait until they were concluding to have substantive talks. We then spoke to Joe and came to an agreement.
"Joe is an outstanding caddie, and I have known him for many years. I've personally seen the great job he did for Freddie [Couples]. I'm anxious for us to be working together",Woods added.
In his statement, Woods said he has talked to LaCaba's former boss Dustin Johnson about his decision to hire LaCaba.
For his part LaCaba, who is also a former caddie of Fred Couples, said he is excited to be working with Woods who has not won a major prize in the last two years
"I'm excited to be working with Tiger," LaCava said in the story on Woods' website. "I contacted Tiger and Mark because this is a unique opportunity to be part of something very special. Tiger and I have been friends for a very long time, and I know what he can do.
"I want to thank Dustin (Johnson) for the opportunity to work with him, and I wish him nothing but the best."
Woods' and former caddie Steve Williams parted ways early this year after 12 years of impressive partnership that racked up more than 10 championship wins for the top golfer. Williams is now caddying for Adam Scott.
Wood's lucrative golfing career suffered a marked slowdown over the past year after figuring in a reported extra-marital relationship with several women which ended in a separation with wife Elin Nordegren.
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