Caddy Roddick Carries His Weight
by ATP Staff|
Andy Roddick made a surprise appearance Wednesday at the Augusta National, donning the familiar uniform of white jumpsuit and green cap as he served as a golf caddy for former Masters winner Zach Johnson at the Par 3 Contest.
Johnson hinted at his special guest on his Twitter account in the morning, writing: “Getting ready for a great Wednesday at Augusta. First 9 with @stewartcink and J Byrd...then par 3 with both guys! Surprise caddy today!!!”
The pair arrangement was set up by their agents after Roddick expressed interest in being a caddy, and they met for the first time Wednesday at the club.
“He’s a Midwest boy, I’m a Midwest boy, and this is the first time he’s here. And he wanted to caddy,” Johnson told USA Today. “I don’t have much family here this year, which is a rare thing, so I said what the heck. I’ve always wanted to meet him. I’m a sports freak in general and I’m a tennis freak, so I thought it was the perfect opportunity to meet him.”
The 2007 Masters champion even gave his caddy a chance to tee off for him at the ninth hole. A nervous Roddick told the crowd before he took his shot, “My hands are shaking. I can barely put the tee in the ground.”
The 28-year-old American was making his first visit to the Augusta National, and compared the famed site to one he knows well, the All-England Club in Wimbledon. “I see a lot of similarities between the two,” Roddick told AFP. “Places rarely live up to the hype. This place surpasses it.”