Damon Green, caddie for Zach Johnson, went down with illness after 14 holes and could not continue in the first round of the Mayakoba Golf Classic.
Sybi Kuchar, wife of Johnson’s playing partner Matt (7-under 64), took the bag for the last four, during which Johnson made an eagle and went 2-under to salvage an even-par 71.“
He hadn’t been feeling well the last few days,” Johnson said of Green.
“I’m assuming he was dehydrated, but I don’t know. Matt saw Damon struggling, and I did, too. He didn’t look right. PGA TOUR staff brought him in. I’d like to say it was the first time, but it’s happened like four times at Maui, NORTHERN TRUST at Bethpage, and a couple other places.”
"I knew Sybi was in the crowd … and I knew Zach would be happy to see a friendly face to take over the bag.” https://t.co/5UOuKhUiKM
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) November 8, 2018
Matt was one of Johnson’s playing competitors Thursday and the two are good friends, so that option made sense.
Sybi took over at No. 6 (the group’s 15th hole of the round) and Johnson promptly made an eagle a hole later to move back to even par.
He would finish the day with even-par 71.
The arrangement seemed to work out well then. As for Sybi’s husband, he fired a 7-under 64 and is tied atop the leaderboard. Matt was oddly enough without his normal caddie too, as Morfit reported.
What a strange situation.
Check out more pics of Sybi Kuchar below: