ERIN, WISCONSIN – Davis Love III has caddied for his son, Dru, for much of his golf life.
But this week is different.
“Caddying for him is not a big deal. I’ve caddied for him since he had three clubs and when he played his first junior events,” Love III said.
“But caddying for him in the U.S. Open: That is a big deal.”
Not only is this Dru Love’s first major championship, it’s his first event as a professional. He made the decision to play for pay when he was assured a spot in this U.S. Open, getting in as an alternate last weekend.
Dru is wearing a Ping cap, carrying a bagful of Ping clubs and using a caddie who has played in 23 U.S. Opens and will be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame later this year.
That’s a big deal, too.
“He asked me, ‘Who do you want to caddie,’ and I said, ‘Well, obviously you,’” Dru said.
“He told me, ‘This is your deal. This is your major. This is your career. Don’t pick me just because you think that’s what I would want. Do whatever you want. If you want your best friend to caddie for you, bring him up here and get him to caddie for you. If you want your brother-in-law or your sister or your mom to caddie for you, get them to caddie for you.’ So, I mean, people keep asking me why did you get him to caddie? Is it not obvious?”
Erin Hills is a big walk for anyone. For the 53-year old Love III, who has had foot and neck surgery in recent years, he got the full effect Wednesday with the bag stuffed with rain gear, an umbrella and more in anticipation of bad weather. The Thursday forecast is slightly more encouraging which the senior Love appreciates.
“I’ve had so many great golf moments in my life,” Love III said, “but this one is hard to top.”