Tiger Woods leaves golf world stunned after worrying caddie development

Golf fans have been left stunned at the sudden news at Wells Fargo.

Tiger Woods embraces Joe LaCava and Woods walks along at Augusta.
Tiger Woods has parted ways with caddie Joe LaCava after nearly 12 years together on the PGA Tour. (Getty Images)

Golf fans have been left questioning whether the end is near for Tiger Woods' career after he and long-time caddie Joe LaCava parted ways after nearly 12 years together. Woods recently announced he had undergone surgery on his troubled ankle and is expected to be away from the tour for months in a worrying sign for the golf icon.

The 47-year-old competed in the Masters, but Woods stunned fans when he announced he wouldn't compete all 72 holes due to the wild weather that has affected the tournament. It marked the second time in the past 12 months that Woods has been forced to withdraw from a major championship due to injury.

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Fans have naturally been speculating over when Woods would call time to his glittering career with the man himself admitting he didn't know when his last tournament would come. And in a shock move while he is recovering from surgery, Woods has parted way with long-time caddie LaCava.

Dan Rapaport reported Woods had agreed to let LaCava join Patrick Cantlay for the Wells Fargo tournament and beyond due to his inactivity. If Woods is to return after his long-injury layoff, he would be playing a limited schedule.

Woods has been with caddie LaCava since 2011. LaCava has won 12 titles with Woods, which included his famous victory at the Masters in 2019.

The pair share a great relationship and it appears the duo agreed on the move. LaCava spoke to and said Woods allowed him to leave so he could be more active week in and week out with another golfer.

“I missed it and I wanted to work more," LaCava told the publication after Cantlay's practice round at Wells Fargo. “He knows me well enough, and I know him well enough, that we know it's hopefully-slash-probably going to work."

Regardless of the news, fans were left absolutely stunned that the Woods-LaCava era appears to have come to an end. The golf world was also left to question whether Woods was adamant on coming back to the game and finding a new caddie in the twilight of his career.

LaCava plays down Tiger Woods speculation

While many are speculating that Woods might not return to competitive golf following his latest injury, LaCava claimed the 15-time major winner would be back. “Obviously he's not retiring," he added.

"I checked with Tiger. And he said, 'You’re crazy not to take the job, go forward, go win some tournaments, go have a great time.'"

LaCava was referring to Woods' admission at this year's Masters that the 15-time major winner wasn't sure when he would play his final tournament. "I don't know how many more I have in me," Woods said in the press conference of the Masters.

Tiger Woods speaks with caddie Joe LaCava at the Masters.
Tiger Woods (pictured left) stands with caddie Joe LaCava (pictured right) on the first hole during the first round of the Masters in 2019. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

"So, just to be able to appreciate the time I have here and cherish the memories." Woods went on to claim that his outlook on the game has changed with the icon admitting he values the time spent on the golf course with his son.

“It is different. I’m not able to compete and play as many tournaments or do the things I’ve been able to do over the years, but to be able to still share this game and create new memories with my son and also pass on some of the things that I’ve learned has been fantastic," Woods added.

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