World greens beckon
LUKE Reardon has been caddie for Australian golfer Jason Day for four weeks - and loves it.
"One of my best friends is doing an incredible thing so to be able to help him - I feel like I help him out - it feels good,” the former Stanthorpe man said.
"It's one of those things that I don't feel like I am getting out of bed to go to work. It's fun.”
Reardon, 30, and Day have known each other for more than 10 years, since attending a golf academy at the age of 14.
"I went to a golf academy near Beaudesert and we became really close, we had a room together... and did tournaments together,” Reardon said. "We've just been friends ever since.”
Even though they have been friends for a long time, Reardon didn't expect Day to offer him the caddie role.
"I didn't expect it at all,” he said.
He worked previously as a caddie for Australian golfer Aaron Pike.
At tournaments with Day, Reardon said one of his jobs was to examine the course closely before the start
"I just go about the course, get the measurements of the course (and) where he is going to hit it,” he said.
"Any trouble I note down and we come up with a game plan to stay away from the trouble, attack where we can and, hopefully, play good enough to win I guess.”
Even though he felt nervous in the beginning, Reardon said his first tournament as Day's caddie at the BMW Championships in Chicago was an amazing experience.
"For the first two holes I was really nervous,” he said.
"He (Jason) was sort of laughing at me.
"It was a lot of fun and we ticked off a few boxes, we got the lead, we got a hole in one.
"We played in the last group with another Aussie, which was a great experience.
"We ended up coming fourth which was a good result because there was a lot of pressure on him (Jason) with the caddie change and putter change and being so close to not making the next event which was a big deal for him.”
Reardon said Day's former caddie Colin Swatton was also a long-time friend of his.
"I am really good friends with Colin so I'd hate for that to become between us,” Reardon said.
"He is a great guy.”
As well as having a great time at the tournaments, Reardon said he liked travelling which was now part of his job.
"I did the BMW first and then the tour championship in Atlanta,” he said.
"Then I got to stay another week and did the President's Cup which was America versus the rest of the world basically. I met four presidents there (Obama, Bush, Clinton and Trump).
"On Sunday I go to Korea - one week there and then to China, three weeks back here, then he (Jason) plays the Aussie Open in Sydney, then we fly to Bahamas.”
Reardon said his focus for the future lay on caddying rather than playing golf.
"The other boys can handle the pressure, I think that's a unique talent to have to be able to do what they do in front of the spotlight - it's another level,” he said.
"But I feel confident in caddying. I don't pay too much attention to cameras or people or anything like that.”
Reardon said he felt he and Day had worked well together.
"Credit goes to Jason for having the trust in me to do the job for me,” he said.
"I think the future is pretty bright if I keep doing a good job and keep having success who knows what can happen.”