How this American amateur candidate got a former Tour pro to caddy for him

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Ben Carr plays from a greenside bunker on the second hole in his quarter-final match.

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Ben Carr shows us what the power of social media can do for you.

Needing a caddy for this week’s US Amateur at Ridgewood Country Club, instead of hiring a local club caddy, the Georgia Southern fifth-year senior tweeted out a job offer for a potential looper.

Enter 36-year-old former PGA Tour pro Will Wilcox to answer the call.

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Now, a professional journeyman from Alabama and a college senior from Georgia might seem like an unlikely couple, but the two have actually developed a romance over the past few years. Wilcox moved to Columbus, Georgia, and started golfing often with Carr at the Country Club of Columbus during the pandemic, according to GolfChannel.com.

While airing the US Amateur Semi-Finals, Golf Channel’s Steve Burkowski said Wilcox replied to Carr to “take that off” when he saw the tweet. Wilcox was apparently already set to be in the area for a Rage Against The Machine concert the week before the tournament.

“Everything that goes with being a good caddy, he’s got it,” Carr said of Wilcox after his quarter-final win on Friday. “He keeps me down. He’s a great green reader, good with numbers, good decision maker, and we had so much fun there. Two guys from Alabama and Georgia, right here in New Jersey, almost like a foreign country, just having fun on the golf course.

That may contrast with keeping it grounded, but you can probably add a hype man to this list as well, based on Wilcox’s Twitter feed this week.

Wilcox is perhaps most famous for his celebration after dunking it on the 16th hole at TPC Sawgrass in the 2016 Players Championship. However, Carr’s play put him in the semifinals against Pepperdine’s Derek Hitchner.

Hopefully two more wins for Carr would mean another fantastic celebration from Wilcox.

And of course, we can’t forget to admire Carr’s confidence in his job offer, noting that he would need a caddy for the seven days of the event.

Jack Hirs

Golf.com Editor

Jack Hirsh is Associate Editor at GOLF. A Pennsylvania native, Jack graduated in 2020 from Penn State University and earned degrees in broadcast journalism and political science. He was captain of his high school golf team and still tries to stay competitive among local amateurs. Prior to joining GOLF, Jack spent two years working at a TV station in Bend, Oregon, primarily as a media reporter/reporter, but also producing, anchoring and even presenting weather. He can be contacted at [email protected]

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