27 Sep 2011

Woods hires new bagman

7:56 am on 27 September 2011

Golf's former world number one Tiger Woods has appointed Joe LaCava, once caddie for Fred Couples and most recently Dustin Johnson, as his full-time bagman.

Woods, who surprisingly parted company with his long-time caddie Steve Williams in July, will have LaCava on his bag for the first time at the PGA Tour event in San Martin, California starting on October the 6th.

LaCava began working with American Johnson in June and together they won the opening FedExCup playoff event, The Barclays, a month ago.

Their last event together was the elite Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta where Johnson tied for 23rd on Monday.

Woods, a 14-times major winner, has not competed on the PGA Tour since last month's PGA Championship in Atlanta where he missed the cut.

He failed to qualify for the FedExCup playoffs and has been a shadow of his former dominant self since the end of 2009 while trying to rebuild his golf swing and private life following the breakup of his marriage.

His world ranking has slipped to 50th and he has not won a tournament since the 2009 Australian Masters.