Prodger has been a professional caddy for the past 22 years, mostly on the
European Golf Tour. 'Prodge' has compiled 22 caddy-wins, two majors and
been a part of some Ryder Cups for the European Team. Andy just caddied
for Colin Montgomery in Europes Ryder Cup Victory over the U.S. Team, from the
Belfry, Sutton Coldfield, England. He came into golf as a former scratch
player and assistant golf club professional.
was your background? How good a player were you?
Andy - I was once an assistant golf
professional in Watford (England) at Hartsfeld Country Club. I got down to
a scratch and tried to qualify for tournaments in the early 70's, was an
AP for 7 years.
How did you get into becoming a Professional Tour Caddy?"
Andy -I was taking
a two week vacation from a job, in a plastics extrusion company I had at the
time and I went to a tournament in Rome, Italy, spending a day and a half on a
train, along with another caddy from Watford who they called 'Stan the Man',
-started asking around the caddies who didn't know me from Adam, who might be
open. That was in 1980, and some of the caddies told me that Nick Faldo
had just fired his caddy and was out in the pro am pulling his own trolley.
When he came in I asked him if he needed a caddy for the tournament and if so
could I caddy for him. He said I could. We finished fourth that
week, then he asked me if I would like to caddy for him the next two weeks also
after that. I said sure, and the next week in Madrid we just made the cut
and didn't play particularly well. But the following week we won the
European PGA Championship!
CaddyBytes.com -So then it was 'off to the
races' after that!?
Andy -I didn't
want to stay working inside. So
he employed me for the next two years and we won back to back PGA
championships, and one or two other good tournaments, then we parted ways, then
I came over to America and started caddying for Chi Chi Rodriguez. (1982),
Caddied for him for about a year, other weeks worked for Tom Purtzer, Mike
Sullivan, and Steve Melnick, managed to win the Phoenix Open with Tom Purtzer.
Some more good tourneys with Purtzer. I worked around and ended back up with
Faldo in 1986, and in 1987 we won the British Open at Muirfield. And then
in 1989 won the Masters at Augusta.
many wins overall have you been a part of?
I've got 22 wins, two majors, one world match play tournament, four European PGA
Championships, 3 with Faldo, one with Montgomery. Worked for Philip Price
just over the past year, (2001) -2nd week on the job we won the Portuguese Open.
Now working for Montgomery. (Prodge got win #22 this fall 2002 in a
tie/victory between Montgomery and Langer.)
were some of your high and low points as a professional caddy?
we won two majors the most satisfying caddying job was in a loss in a U.S. Open
at Brookline, when we lost to Curtis Strange in a playoff. If he, (Faldo),
was making his 10 footers he would have won very easily, but he didn't.
The 36 hole playoff on Monday was one of the most disappointing days on the golf
course, we shot 74 and Strange shot 72, he got up and down from the boondocks,
they both played terrible. Caddying ups and downs that was one
of the downs. Masters in 1992, caddying for Craig Parry and we had a 3
shot lead after 57th hole, and then went on a 3 putt streak for 3 holes and the
cheers were getting louder. We had been putting the ball exactly where you
were supposed to be on those greens. Craig just lost the pace of the
greens, and Freddy (Couples) went on to win the tournament.
two lows, losing to Strange and losing at Augusta with 3 shot lead, and failing
with Craig Parry. How about the two major
victories with Faldo?
of those majors we won, we probably shouldn't have won. The first one (1987
British Open) we shot 18 pars the last day which was unusual. In the third round
we played with Paul Azinger who played fantastic for the first nine holes, but
felt uncomfortable on the back nine. The same thing kind of happened the
last day, played with Stadler in the second to last group, Azinger got off to a
good start again, but came back in and bogied the last two holes, to let us win.
And at Augusta in '89' Scott Hoch three putted 10 to extend the playoff and we
went on to beat him holing a putt on the 11th green.
was it like to caddy for Faldo, was he particularly a demanding player?
Andy -He won't leave a stone unturned.
His preparation was infallible, in his heyday he wanted to win majors. In
the normal run of the mill tournament he used them for the upcoming major as
much as 6 weeks in advance, -"this is the type of shot I need to hit on
that particular hole and would actually play shots in that tournament
-especially if he knew the golf course upcoming" -(on a particular hole
like it was the one in the next major). So my job was grain,
firmness, release, Faldo's edge -he felt all those details knowing them, gave
him an edge. Not many guys do. You take notes, what ever to make
your player happy.
always thought that we learned as caddies from the players we work for and how
they go about it. Would you say that's been your experience?
learn by caddying for the top players, at Oakmont in '83' I worked for Gary
Player, one of the best 'lessons' I ever had, he would ask me every time on
every hole how much room was right or left of the pin, and he never missed on
the short side, that was a major goal there all week.
Andy resides with his wife and daughter near
Gleneagles Scotland, and currently is the caddy for Colin Montgomery.
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