The life of a caddie is as hectic and stressful as the professional golfers they assist.


 


 


 


 


 


 






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John McLaren probably won't be wearing a green jacket from The Masters.

And Otis "Buck" Moore most likely will never kiss the British Open's Claret Jug.

But the life of a caddie is as hectic and stressful as the professional golfers they assist.

Their days begin around 5:45 a.m. - and don't stop.

"My role as a caddie, I would say, is a coach, a psychologist, a friend and an adviser," said McLaren, caddie for Anders Hansen, who competed in the Turning Stone Resort Championship at Atunyote Golf Club.

The work of a caddie involves long days, heavy bags and plenty of walking.

"We walk at least nine miles a day," said Moore, who has caddied since he was 12 and for six years for golfer Olin Browne.

The caddies take refuge from the blazing afternoon sun and nearly 50-pound bags in a rest area beneath the Atunyote clubhouse. The air is cool and damp, but the unsuspecting oasis behind the green-and-white curtains is what many players say is one of the best lounges they have seen.

Caddies have access to a massage therapist, barbers, video game and pinball machines, a Foosball table, the Internet, couches, a 46-inch plasma screen TV and catered food and beverages.

It's a place where caddies can sit down, talk to each other and take a break from their demanding jobs.

Neither Hansen nor Browne made the cut, but their caddies were at Atunyote Golf Club for one more afternoon Saturday packing their golfers' clubs. Moore and Browne were off to another tournament in Jackson, Miss.

The lives of players and caddies involve a lot of time on the road. Moore said he loves his job, so he doesn't mind the travel.

Ron Olshemski, committee chairman of caddie services at Turning Stone, said organizers of the event wanted to help the caddies feel welcome.

"We are trying to make them feel at home," he said. "They have a tough job, so we try to make them as comfortable as possible so they can do their job."