Bryson DeChambeau will have a familiar face on the bag this week. You might also call it a surprising one, too.
No Laying Up reported Tuesday night that DeChambeau’s former caddie Tim Tucker will be working for his old boss at the LIV Golf London event, with DeChambeau’s agent confirming the move to Golfweek.
Tucker was DeChambeau’s loop for all eight of DeChambeau’s PGA Tour wins, including his triumph at the 2020 US Open at Winged Foot. However, Tucker famously left DeChambeau on the eve of the 2021 Rocket Mortgage Classic, a tournament that DeChambeau was the defending champ. Tucker later said a combination of things led to the split, including that DeChambeau can be “very demanding” of his caddies.
But later in 2021, Tucker said he made “a big mistake in my timing” with the split, adding he harboured no animosity towards his former employer. Earlier this year Tucker told Golf Digest that he and DeChambeau still kept in touch after DeChambeau left for LIV Golf. “Yeah, absolutely,” Tucker said. “I got a Christmas gift [for DeChambeau], which a friend of mine made. I talk to him all the time.”
Tucker, who runs a luxury-shuttle service at Bandon Dunes, has hopped on several bags since departing DeChambeau. He is currently with Kurt Kitayama, working for him earlier in March when he won his first PGA Tour title at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
The reunion between DeChambeau and Tucker is expected to be short-lived, as DeChambeau’s regular caddie Greg Bodine is attending to a personal matter and will be back with Dechambeau later this month at the Open Championship. Tucker is scheduled to return to Kitayama’s bag at next week’s Genesis Scottish Open.
Though DeChambeau has not won in more than two years, he has shown signs of revival with his play, finishing T-4 at the PGA Championship in May and T-20 last month at the US Open. He also finished second at last week’s LIV Golf event in Spain.