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Woods finally replaces Williams

For the last two months, Woods has been alone on the course after firing his caddie of 12 years, Steve Williams, in July.

No longer.

Yesterday, Woods issued a statement on his website announcing the appointment of straight-shooting East Coaster, Joe LaCava one of the most respected caddies in the game.

After leaving his long time employer Fred Couples in the summer, LaCava joined Dustin Johnson and worked with him throughout the FedEx Cup playoffs, including his biggest payday of the year with a win at The Barclays

The first tournament for the new pairing will be the Open, Oct 6-0 at Cordevalle, in northern California.

Following that, Woods is due to play in Australia in November: the Australian Open in Sydney, then the Presidents Cup in Melbourne.

If Woods thought the back-biting that had characterised the Williams firing would end with this new appointment, he hadn’t figured on  Johnson’s swing coach Butch Harmon.

Himself a former mentor to Woods, Harmon criticized his old student for hiring LaCava away from his golfer.

Harmon had recommended Johnson hire LaCava and said Woods should have asked Johnson’s permission to speak with his bagman about the job.

"The thing that bothered me the most was T.W. not calling Dustin and asking if he could talk to Joe," said Harmon.

"That's the way it's done. I'm a little disappointed with the way Tiger handled it. But I'm not surprised."

Tiger’s camp refuted this, and LaCava backed them up.

On Woods’s website, LaCava said: “I contacted Tiger and Mark [Steinberg] because this is a unique opportunity to be part of something very special. Tiger and I have been friends for a very long time, and I know what he can do.

"I want to thank Dustin for the opportunity to work with him, and I wish him nothing but the best.”

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