Caddies proof that majors are team sports

By: Laurie Ott
By: Laurie Ott

"What's in the bag?"

That's a question often asked of the golf pros--especially when they win.

But Thursday we found out that oftentimes it's not just what's in the bag that's an important question...it's "Who's on it?"

Their job is a tough one--lugging a 40-pound golf bag up and down a hilly Augusta National.

But the job of the caddy is much more than heavy lifting...or club selection.

Golfers often depend on them for a different kind of support--the emotional kind.

Caddies are proof that winning a major is really a team sport...something CBS Sports' Jim Nantz has seen time and time again.

"It's like a marriage," Nantz says.

And sometimes it's an unlikely pairing.

Fanny Sunneson is always recognizable on the fairways as one of few women on the bag, but she's not the first one.

That honor goes to Elizabeth Archer.

Name sound familiar?

Elizabeth was only 19 when she caddied for her father George Archer at the 1983 Masters.

Elizabeth's mom, George's wife Donna, says it was a magical time.

"He'd hit a couple bad shots and she'd say, 'I love you dad', and he liked it, but he said, 'Thanks, but don't say that here'," Donna says.

Elizabeth had no problem carrying that bag--she was a track and field athlete at Stanford at the time.

As for dad's winnings that year? He tied for 12th and won $10,000.

We asked Elizabeth if her dad shared those winnings with her--and she said he did more than his part by paying for her college education.


Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1212 Augusta, GA 30903 Main Telephone: (803) 278-1212 Newsroom: (803) 278-3111 Fax: (803) 442-4561
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 2592021 - wrdw.com/a?a=2592021