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FRED BENNETT'S TOP 10
Fred Bennett
April 17, 2000
Bennett, 69, who has been caddie master at Augusta National for 44 years, will retire in May. Until 1982, when only the club's caddies were used in the Masters, his job was to assign caddies to players. Here are the 10 who he thinks were the best.
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April 17, 2000

Fred Bennett's Top 10

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Bennett, 69, who has been caddie master at Augusta National for 44 years, will retire in May. Until 1982, when only the club's caddies were used in the Masters, his job was to assign caddies to players. Here are the 10 who he thinks were the best.

1. Willie (Pappy) Stokes
Masters wins: Henry Picard ('38), Claude Harmon (48), Ben Hogan ('51 and '53) and Jack Burke Jr. ('56). Born in Augusta. Bennett says, "No yardage man; he was the best at pulling a club by eye."

2. Nathaniel (Ironman) Avery
Masters wins: Arnold Palmer ('58, '60, '62, '64). Got his nickname because wounds he sustained in a knife fight allegedly didn't bleed. Bennett says, "With the right opportunity he could've played the Tour."

3. Willie (Pete) Peterson
Masters wins: Jack Nicklaus ('63, '65, '66, '72, '75). He leaped higher than his boss when Nicklaus holed a 45-footer at 16 in 1975. Bennett says, "Willie was good, but the greatest caddie in the world is Jack Nicklaus."

4. Carl (Skillet) Jackson
Masters wins: Ben Crenshaw ('84, '95). Says the right thing the right way. Bennett says, "Carl is so laid-back he calms a player down just by being himself."

5. Eddie (E.B.) McCoy
Masters wins: Gary Player ('74, '78). A carpenter, E.B. knows his measurements. Bennett says, "E.B. was just as precise and disciplined as Player."

6. Ernest (Snipes) Nipper
Masters win: Player ('61). One of the best golfers among the caddies. Bennett says, "He stalked the course like he was the player."

7. Jerry (Bubble) Beard
Masters win: Fuzzy Zoeller ('79). Zoeller willingly followed Beard's advice as he became the third player to win the Masters on his first try. Bennett says, "Jerry is a natural leader, and he loved leading Fuzzy."

8. Matthew (Shorty Mac) Palmer
Masters win: Billy Casper ('70). An expert greens reader with a decisive manner. Bennett says, "Shorty Mac was so sure of himself. He wasn't always right, but he always sounded like he was."

9. Leon McClattie
Masters wins: Tom Watson ('77, '81). Great at correcting swings. Bennett says, "A good player, a nice guy."

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