Vol 3 April 2008
Caddie Chat

Mike Weir and Brennan Little
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Brennan Little is in his ninth year caddying for 2003 Masters Champion Mike Weir. Brennan, from St. Thomas, Ontario Canada, played junior golf and Canadian tour events. He and Mike played competitively since their junior golf days. They have eight wins together, including not only the Masters but 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; the 2003 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic; the 2003 Los Angeles Open; and last yearís Fryís Electronics Open.

You have been a big fan of the Wachovia Championship from its beginning. What created that feeling?
Well, the Wachovia Championship, has the feel of a major and is as close to a major as you are going to get. The moment you step foot on Quail Hollow Club it has a great feeling from the course itself to the great hospitality.

Also, on somewhat of a selfish note, the caddy hospitality lounge is first class, it is in a great location and has some fantastic food. We are allowed to valet park at the clubhouse which makes it great and saves a lot of time over the week. If you were to set up a model on how to host a tournament all you would have to do is get the tournament manual for this event and follow it to a tee! There is a reason that 80 percent of the top 50 players in the world come here each year, itís because this is a first class event.

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From a caddy view, give us your perception of the final three holes at Quail Hollow Club.
The rest of the course is great but my favorite part is the final three holes. The finish is great. Sixteen is a tough par 4 but with a good drive it is possible to make birdie. It is all about the approach shot into the green which requires an accurate shot. With a sloped green if you are not on the correct side of the hole you will see some bogeys here.

Number 17 is a very difficult par 3 that has water lurking in front and all down the left side of the green. The bailout area is to the right of the green but from there it is a very difficult chip shot. What makes this hole so tough is that it tends to blow downwind and the green is a brick! You want to make sure not to take too little club as you need to carry some water, long is also good. It's a good hole that you need to bear down and hit a good shot, as mentioned, bailing out to the right is a good recipe for bogey.

Eighteen is a tough par 4 with water up the left side and itís a must to get your drive in the fairway. If you miss to the right into the rough you wonít be able to get the ball to the green in two. If you hit the drive left itís in a creek and 5 will be a good score! Bottom line is the entire course requires you to use all aspects of your game. It is fair to say that the winners have always been the one who played the best that week.

You have also said Quail Hollow Club on a whole is certainly one of your favorites.
Easily one of the best courses we play on tour. This course is capable of handling a major championship the way it is right now, therefore they would not have to make any changes. There are not many courses that you can say that about so that tells you how I feel about the course.

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The condition is fantastic. It is very similar to Augusta National around the greens with the hard fast conditions, very firm greens and balls rolling in the fairways. It really makes the players think a lot more rather than just getting up and hitting with a driver on every hole. It is very important to hit the ball in the fairway and to do that you may have to hit fairway woods and iron off some of the tees. The fairways are so hard and fast that distance will not be a problem, the key is going to be to get it in the fairway and get the ball rolling.

For a caddy, who also likes to interact with the people each week at a TOUR event, what is your take on the Wednesday Pro-Am at the Wachovia Championship?
Well, what a buzz it was last year with Michael Jordan and Tiger teaming up. That was incredible.

But it is the only one all year that has one PGA Tour player and two amateurs, usually its one pro and four amateurs. Having only three people in the group makes the pro-am go by very quickly and is much better as you really have the ability to communicate with your partners.