At Augusta the $1,000 that went to Faldo was a bargain. "That was one check I was very happy to write," says Magerman.
It was a rough week for caddies at the PGA Seniors. Dave Eichelberger saw his run over by a golf cart, and Tommy Aaron's quit in the middle of the 18th fairway.
The mishap with Eichelberger's caddie, Russ Steib, occurred on Thursday when Steib accidentally put down Eichelberger's bag on the accelerator of the golf cart they were using. The empty cart, with an embarrassed Steib in hot pursuit, careered down a bank near the 18th tee before smashing into a van. The cart bounced back off the van and into Steib, mowing him down. After waving off paramedics, Steib picked up the bag and lugged it down toward the bulrushes where Eichelberger had hooked his drive. "Hey, we're still working here folks," he told spectators.
Gil Roderick was saying just the opposite to Tommy Aaron farther down the 18th fairway on Saturday. Tension between the caddie and the former Masters champion, who have worked together for four years, had been building for weeks and went on the boil after Aaron claimed the caddie had given him a bad line for a layup shot. Roderick threw down his yardage book, cursed Aaron, shoved the bag at him and stormed off the course.
"I've seen caddies say, 'That's it,' and walk off," Aaron said, "but I've never seen one react like that. He's always been a pretty easygoing guy with me. I guess the last few weeks haven't been good to me, and I've taken it out on him. He just went nuts."
Bad Move, Dave
Dave Stockton, a two-time PGA champion who also captained a winning Ryder Cup team, skipped the PGA Seniors to move back into his house after it had been renovated, a move that did not sit well with the brass at the PGA of America. They figured Stockton owed them at least the courtesy of showing up for one of their big events.
"I could have played, but my wife, Cathy, would have had to do all the work," Stockton said from his home in Mentone, Calif. "It wasn't worth getting a separation over."
Stockton is on record as not being a big fan of PGA National and has called the PGA Seniors "the weakest of the four majors." He also says the Champion course on which it is contested is "the worst-conditioned course we play in Florida."