SAN DIEGO (AP) -- This week's PGA Tour event in San Diego is getting off to a rough start. Steve Duplantis, a popular caddie known for bringing out the best in players, was killed early today when he was struck by a taxi while crossing a street.
He was working at the Buick Invitational for Eric Axley.
Duplantis won four times with Jim Furyk early in his career, then with Rich Beem at the Kemper Open and with Tommy Armour III when he set the PGA Tour scoring record at the Texas Open in 2003.
Axley was not immediately available for comment, and several other players for whom Duplantis worked are playing today's pro-am at Torrey Pines.
Duplantis and his nightlife exploits were prominently featured in a book titled, "Bud, Sweat and Tees," a story primarily about Beem.