Alone With His Caddie, Tiger Woods Shoots a 65


Tiger Woods, right, with his caddie, Joe LaCava, after shooting a seven-under 65 in the second round Friday.

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NASSAU, the Bahamas — Scott Vail, who caddies for Brandt Snedeker, walked off the 18th green of the Albany Golf Club, shrugged the bag off his shoulder and said of the 7,302-yard course carved out of the sand, “It’s like walking on the beach in a weighted vest.”

Joe LaCava said that sounded about right. His joints were stiff and his muscles were sore after two rounds of carrying Tiger Woods’s bag at the Hero World Challenge. But, he said, “I’m lucky to feel it.”

For 466 days, Woods’s back operations left LaCava in loopers’ limbo. He was neither employed nor unemployed. His financial arrangement with Woods, for whom he has worked since the end of 2011, freed him from having to seek temporary employment.

“He’s taken good care of me since the first day I’ve worked for him,” said LaCava, who politely declined to divulge any specifics.

On Friday, LaCava and Woods had the course to themselves, or so it…

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