A Caddy's Life

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Jul 5, 2008 at 7:15 PM EDT

They're the men and women behind the golfer.

Caddies carry the bags, clean the clubs and are often forgotten when their golfer takes a title.

If you ask a caddy, they're living the dream.

For some it's a dream job, beautiful weather, only 30 weeks or work a year, and golf without the pressure of having to sink that crucial putt.

Many caddies say they've never had a real job.

For caddies on the Champions Tour, life is good.

"This is my 9th season on this tour. This is my family. We go through things as individuals and stay strong as a family of caddies" said caddy Todd Byers.

But the relationship between golfer and caddy is hard to define.

After all, some golfers spend more time with their caddie than they do with their wife.

"There's a little bit of that but a guy caddie, you hire him, you fire him. So it's not like divorce but we're sort of more like baseball managers" said caddy Richard Motacki.

"He's an independent type guy too. Though you know a lot of guys don't keep the same caddie. They move around with different guys, this and that. They try to find some good chemistry. It's hard to find," said golfer Wayne Levi.

Levi rotates caddies throughout the year, but the Dick's Open, he
wanted to keep it close to home

"Considering I'm his daughter he can't yell at me too much. So usually it goes pretty well" said caddy Christine Levi

Christine caddies for her father five events a year.

"Usually when he's playing good it's a lot of fun. But some of the days he's playing bad it's really slow."

But it's not all a life of luxury.

Caddies spend one-thousand dollars a week in travel expenses.

Rising airline costs are cutting into their salary.

But the caddies say there is nothing like making a living on the links.

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