Simon & Garfunkel. Woodward & Bernstein. Sonny & Cher. History is filled with famous duos. And golf—with a long history stretching as far back as the sixteenth century—is no exception to this rule.
Golf is legendary for its famous player-caddie duos, and there are some nearly as well-known as Laverne & Shirley, Lucy & Ricky, or Will & Grace. We’ve compiled a list of some of the most memorable duos below.
Phil Mickelson and Jim McKay
These two have worked together forever, and are also close friends off the golf course. Mickelson relies on McKay’s advice for club selection, as well as the line of his putts. McKay, who is also known as Bones, is not shy with his opinions and sometimes gives risky advice. And sometimes, when Mickelson wins, Bones is the more emotional one!
Jim Furyk and Mike Cowan
Golf caddies must be fond of nicknames, because Jim Furyk’s caddie, Mike Cowan, has a nickname, too—Fluff. Fluff used to work for Tiger Woods, but Woods fired him because he thought Fluff was a little too high and mighty. So Furyk hired him, and now the two are inseparable.
Tiger Woods and Steve Williams
Williams is a golf superstar in New Zealand—and pretty rich, as a result of caddying for the always-winning Tiger Woods. Williams is known as being good at preventing press and cameras from messing up Tiger’s game—at one point he even confiscated a camera. Too bad the partnership ended in 2011.
Colin Montgomerie and Alastair McLean
Apparently Colin ‘Monty’ Montgomerie was a tough boss. He had quite the temper, and was prone to outbursts when things weren’t going his way. McLean stood with him through it all, though—thrown clubs and all.
Seve Ballasteros and… his many caddies
Ballasteros has been part of many famous duos—going through a large number of caddies ranging from Billy Foster to Martin Gray to Joey Jones. Apparently this was because Ballasteros, like Montgomerie, had quite the temper, and his caddies often quit.
Tom Watson and Bruce Edwards
Apparently Watson and his caddie are both gentlemen. Watson, who won the American Ryder Cup in 2014, was with Edwards for over 30 years. Unfortunately Edwards developed Lou Gehrig’s disease and passed away in 2004.
Rory McIlroy and JP Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald is known to work quietly through McIlroy’s outbursts, and is always willing to fade into the background when McIlroy is shining.
Nick Faldo and Fanny Sunesson
Faldo stole Sunesson, a rare female caddie in the male golf world, from his fellow golfer Howard Clark. Faldo and Sunesson get along famously, with Sunesson most well known for being able to keep spectators under control while Faldo is up.
Lee Trevino and Willie Aitcheson
Back in the day when players had to provide their own practice balls, Aitcheson was known for going all over the place to retrieve Trevino’s balls. That’s a lot of dedication for so little reward.
Ian Woosnam and David Byrne
Woosnam’s caddie, who shares a name with the Talking Heads front man, is most famous for costing his employer the tournament. He didn’t put enough clubs in Woosnam’s bag—leading him to lose. Woosnam was kind enough to let Byrne keep his job, but fired him shortly thereafter when Byrne failed to show up for an early-morning practice.