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PGA Golfer Jay Williamson has no balls

Some news from last weekend’s Canadian Open

Trinity graduate Jay Williamson had a sudden and unceremonious divorce from caddie Mike Mollet on Thursday in the first round of the Canadian Open.

A 69-year-old man Williamson pulled from the gallery carried his bag for the final four holes.

Williamson, who reunited with Mollet a week before losing a playoff to Hunter Mahan at the Travelers Championship in Cromwell last month, got in an argument with Mollet after hitting his second shot over the green at the 14th hole on Angus Glen’s North Course in Markham, Ontario.

“I never had anyone bark at me like he did,” Williamson said Monday on his way to the Reno-Tahoe Open. “He overstepped his bounds, kept running his mouth. He was loud and obnoxious, even used a racial slur, and I’m glad I did what I did.”

Mollet responded to his firing by throwing three balls in the water, leaving Williamson with one.

Don Alexander, who played in the 1962 Canadian Open as a amateur, replaced Mollet. After completing his 1-over-par 72, Williamson gave him a dozen balls.

I don’t know, but Williamson sounds kind of cheap. Just a dozen golf balls for toting a golf bag for four holes? I’d given the guy at least $100. Who knows, maybe Alexander is happy with what he got.

Caddy-player relationships in Pro golf are often tumultuous, with frequent turnover. Caddies are hired to be fired. Long term relationships like Tiger Woods and Steve Williams or Jim Furyk and Mike ‘Fluff’ Cowan are more the exception than the rule. Look at how many players this caddy has worked for since 2003. Granted, Larry may not be the best example.

Mollet’s actions with the golf balls could prove to be detrimental if he wishes to continue working as a caddy. If a player loses all his golf balls, and none of his playing partners play the same brand, the golfer is out of luck and the tournament. Other players may not want to risk a repeat with this caddy, even if Williamson was at fault for the argument.

I do however find what Mollet did funny.

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