2002 Phoenix Open

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Pat O’Bryan -was the winning caddy on Chris DiMarco’s bag at the 2002 Phoenix Open. This was Chris’ third win on the PGA Tour, and Pat’s second win with Chris. Pat had experienced winning before on the Nike tour, and his first ‘official caddy win’ on the PGA Tour came on Chris' bag in 2000. Pat worked his way up through the ranks of tour caddying with several different players over the years.  No doubt his experience was important on Chris’s bag especially at this win in Phoenix, where they saw their four shot lead quickly disappear on the back nine there on Sunday!

-"So Pat, How did you get into becoming a Professional Tour Caddy?"

–"I played, but I always wanted to caddy on the tour, saw it on TV but I had no clue how to do it. Went out there like any guy. They had a Hogan event down there in Ft. Myers in 1992, where I lived, and I just went out there and got assigned a player.  He asked me if I’d like to go the rest of the summer, as we got along. I was trying to get back into teaching, I was substitute teaching about 6 months out of the year at the time, finally I just decided that I just wanted to caddy."

CaddyBytes.com -"And who were some of the players you caddied for out there early on?"

-I started on the Hogan tour in ‘90’, ’91, and ‘92’, and saw Dickey Thompson, asked him for Hattiesburg, he didn’t keep his card that year, then I worked for Bob Friend for a couple years, and then I worked for Jeff Gallagher for four years, ‘96’ through ‘99’, with ‘97’ on the Nike Tour mostly, when Jeff had lost his regular tour card.

CaddyBytes.com -"So when did you get hooked up with Chris?"

Pat -After the ‘99’ season, Jeff lost his card and I got hooked up with Chris DiMarco in the beginning of 2000.

CaddyBytes.com –"So you’re out there in 2000, you pick up Chris. And at the end of the year you won in September, outside Philadelphia at Waynesboro Country Club. And he won with his brother last year at Callaway Gardens near the end of the year, but he showed you a lot of respect, a great guy.  You get the job back?"

Pat –"Yes. He took me to Kapalua for the Tournament of Champions at the start of the year in Hawaii."

CaddyBytes.com –"How does this win in Phoenix compare to the first one in the end of 2000 in Philadelphia in your first year caddying for Chris?"

Pat –"This one was a lot tougher, we had a 6 shot lead in Philadelphia. After 10 holes in Phoenix we had a four shot lead, then we made a double at 11, cut it to two, we bogeyed 12 and Kenny Perry birdied, that erased our lead completely and got us back to even. The we bogeyed 13, and he parred the hole, which then gave Kenny a one shot lead. Then we birdied 14, which got us back to even again. Then he birdied 15 to get one ahead. Then we birdied 16 to get even, and then he bogeyed 17, and we both parred number 18 giving us the win."

CaddyBytes.com –"Was there anything in that back nine, particularly after you saw your four shot lead erased in the first three holes there on the back nine on Sunday?"

Pat –"After the bogey on 13, I just said to him, ‘hey, they don’t reward the trophy after 67 holes, we’ve still got five holes to play, let’s make five birdies. We didn’t make five birdies we made two. But he came back and hit a great drive on 14, and made a great birdie there. Hit a great shot on 16 obviously!"

CaddyBytes.com -In the Phoenix papers the next day, Chris DiMarco gave his caddy Patrick O’Bryan credit for helping him stay calm during the adversity around the back nine there Sunday, and eventually on his way to victory in the 2002 Phoenix Open!

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