"No, I didn't."
"Yes, you did."
And so on, until they are interrupted by someone holding out a pen and a visor. Moody doesn't seem to mind that his caddie is asked for an autograph first. Moody may have won the 1969 U.S. Open and the '89 Senior Open, but he knows it is the striking young woman toting his clubs who causes a stir in the galleries.
"He's got a girl with him!"
"Have you seen her up close? She's real cute."
"Oh, that's his granddaughter or something."
"People say the stupidest things," says Michelle Moody, 19, rolling her eyes. During two years of caddying for her father, she has had many occasions for eye-rolling. "Once somebody asked me if I was his sister."
The picture of the Moodys at work is Orville, 55, with his prominent paunch, speeding ahead in a golf cart, then waiting for the long-legged, bag-lugging Michelle to catch up. What looks like a throwback to a Stone Age culture's ideal father-daughter relationship prompts the most gallery censure: "Oh, that's nice of him, letting that sweet little girl lug his big bag while he rides around like royalty." Many fans apparently aren't aware that, although carts are permitted on the Senior tour, either the player or his caddie must walk so they don't get too far ahead of the galleries. Michelle prefers to hike, and at times, frankly, she welcomes a little distance from her father.
Make no mistake, Michelle is the light of Orville's touring life. It's no coincidence that the past couple of years have been the best of his career. It's just that sometimes he looks and sounds as if he wants to throttle her.