Little is in his fifth year caddying for his player Mike Weir on the
PGA Tour. Brennan played junior golf and Canadian tour events
hailing from St. Thomas, Ontario Canada, and knew Mike and had
played competitively with him since their junior golf days.
They have six wins together (three previous to this year). Together they've won the 1999 Air Canada
Championship in Vancouver, B.C.; The 2000 World Championship in
Valderamma, Spain; The 2000 PGA Tour season ending Tour Championship
at the Champions Golf Club in Houston; their fourth win at
the 2003 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic, fifth at the 2003 Los Angeles
Open, and this their sixth together, at the 2003 Master's!
Here is our Caddybytes.com
interview with Brennan about his Master's win caddying for Mike Weir
think that it was relevant in this year's Master's that your player Mike Weir
emerged as the winner given the bad weather on Thursday's first round with golf
all day up and down those hills at Augusta National golf club. Mike is
known to work out and keep himself physically fit. There weren't any older
veterans with a chance to win this year. How tough was Friday on you
carrying that bag up and down those hills. How many holes did you
guys play that day before they called it? (Due to darkness).
played 30 holes on Friday and six more Saturday morning -gotta
say my legs and feet were a little sore, ground was so wet and that course is
quite hilly so it was a tough walk, "(but) -the excitement of being in the hunt makes you
kinda forget about it but once I got home each night it didn't take long to fall
And what was your lead at the completion of 36 holes early Saturday morning and
then after a 3 over par 75 in Saturday's third round? You played 30 holes
up and down hills and walking on wet turf on Friday, and 24 holes the next day
playing with the pressure of the lead...
36 holes at -6, and a 4 stroke lead. After Saturday we
were at -3 and (Jeff) Maggert was at -5, with the lead (going into Sunday's final 18
it's apparent to me that Mike's stamina was a little bit affected there in
Saturday's round and he said after a good night's sleep after Saturday's round
that he came out
fresh and ready for Sunday's final round. And obviously he played great
Sunday to win the Masters. How did you guy's deal with it psychologically, with
that early 36 hole lead, then falling back behind and then again on Sunday when you were looking to tie
Len Mattiace there and trying to win the Master's? Did you find him
speeding up his routine or getting quick at all under all that pressure?
---"Mike and I talked a lot out there and I really didn't
notice much different from him -he did speed up a little at times but he was well
in control of his game and we just made sure we enjoyed it as much as possible
considering the situation -I think when you are in that situation of the tourney
-(having a chance to win) -that you have to make sure not to let your mind
wander about winning the Masters, -you know as well as I do, it only takes one hole and
you can be out of contention -so the need is to focus on each hole and each shot."
your Saturday third round was a little bit off, Mike sure looked solid all day
Sunday. And he didn't look like a guy who was succumbing to Master's
pressure. With Lenny Mattiace shooting that great round it looked like he
may run away and hide on Sunday but you guy's just kept plugging along.
And you made that huge birdie on the par five 13th -essential to having a chance
to catch Lenny. Then I could see you were blocked out from going at the
green at 15 in two -(another place essential to make at least a birdie four on)
-in order to realistically have a chance to catch Len and win. Give me a little by play of those holes coming in.
-"Yeah, the birdie on 13 was
a huge birdie because they had posted Lens score at -8 and that got us to -6,
made a great 2 putt par on 14 and then yes on 15 had no choice but to lay-up 223
to the front right and in the rough, no way to hit 5 wood especially with his
wedge game. He laid it up to perfect number and hit a great shot, 3 feet for birdie.
Then on 17, Mike hit a good drive and 8 iron to 20 feet and almost made the
putt. And 18 is a good hole for Mike, he can't reach the traps straight away and shapes his
shots left to right so it fits his eye well. He hit a good drive on 18 and good 4 iron to 30
feet and a 2 putt par and playoff."
how about in the playoff?
-"A great drive in the playoff on #10 down the middle next to
Len's ball, a 7 iron to the front middle of the green and he then rolled first putt 6 feet
by, but it didn't matter
as Len was making a 6."
man was executing so well all week. He looked like he was in 'the zone' as
they call it out there and especially on Sunday. And man did he make a lot
of up and down and pressure packed par saving putts -as you know you'll get a
lot of those on those undulating and 'lightning fast' greens
there. When did you think you were going to win? Did it even cross
your mind? How do you feel about being a part of that accomplishment?
--"-never thought we were going to win until the end and
that is the truth, as I said before and you can relate -anything can happen in this
game -I am not sure about the zone but he putted fantastic all week, made more
6-8 footers than I have ever seen! -Winner of the Masters is a great feeling
and something that I will never forget that is for sure, very special for Mike
also because I know how much it means to him."
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