Date: November 05, 2014
Author: Martin Blake

Scott’s caddie search continues

Scott resumes playing in the HSBC Champions in China this week still mulling over a caddie to replace Steve Williams.

The Australian has had more than 100 inquiries from caddies around the world since Williams announced that he would be quitting the tour at the end of the 2014 season.

Scott played the Japan Open recently with a neighbour from the Bahamas, Eddie Gardino, on his bag. Gardino caddied for Angel Cabrera when he won the US Open in 2007 at Oakmont.

This week, Scott has David Clark doing the job, although Clark usually carries the bag for American Cameron Tringale.

Scott, still ranked No. 2 in the world and soon to return for the summer of tournaments in Australia, had the best period of golf in his career from 2011 when Williams was on the bag for him, including his single major championship victory, the 2013 Masters at Augusta National, and his rise to No. 1 in the world earlier this year.

At least the job is popular. "There were some shockers, like random ones — some guy in Florida who lives at home and looks after his mom," Scott said in Shanghai this week. "I guess he figured it would be a good job."

Scott said Williams would be tricky to replace. "The way I see it, you cannot replace a Steve Williams. I cannot go out and look for the next Steve Williams. I don't think that's possible. I need to go out and find what is going to work for me at this stage in my career, to complement all the things I am doing now, just like I did when I hired Steve.

"I need to see a few personalities, see what fits best with me. I had such a strong one (personality) for so long."

Scott has largely been on a break since the end of the 2014 United States PGA Tour season, his only tournament being his tied-38th in the Japan Open. However he has committed to playing the Australian Masters, Emirates Australian Open and the Australian PGA Championship at home.

He is one of four Australians in the field in Shanghai this week for the $8.5 million tournament. The others are Marc Leishman, Matt Jones and John Senden.