‘Thought I used to be going to get fired’


Xander Schauffele and caddie Austin Kaiser have teamed up for years. Kaiser joined this week’s Subpar Podcast.

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Austin Kaiser has been a dependable looper for Xander Schauffele for over a half-dozen years, and the duo even took dwelling Olympic gold three years in the past in Japan.

Kaiser and John Ellis, caddie for Wyndham Clark, had been the visitors on this week’s episode of GOLF’s Subpar Podcast, and so they went deep on caddie life, the perfect caddie/golfers, gamers on the rise and extra. (This podcast was recorded simply days earlier than Ellis and Clark gained the U.S. Open at LACC, too.)

One of many tales informed concerned Kaiser from his early days caddying for Schauffele, and he joked it was “the bottom level of my life, at that second proper there.”

“That was in all probability the time I believed I used to be going to get fired,” he mentioned.

As Kaiser explains within the podcast (test it out under), it was Schauffele’s rookie yr on the 2016 AT&T Byron Nelson, and so they had been a comparatively new participant/caddie duo on the time. Schauffele missed the reduce, and Kaiser and one other caddie determined to exit that evening in Dallas. They ultimately discovered a bar that provided bottle service for $300 and acquired comfy.

“Subsequent factor you understand I drink a fifth of Gray Goose and find yourself in the course of a thunderstorm, dumping rain, in a cemetery, doing snow angels,” Kaiser mentioned.

Kaiser ultimately known as his spouse, she used a monitoring app to seek out his telephone and was shocked to be taught he was in a cemetery. She known as Schauffele.

“That is at 2:30 within the morning,” Kaiser mentioned. “Xander wished to get up and follow at 7 a.m. … I’m actually hugging a tree blacked out, after which Xander, being the great buddy that he’s, says ‘OK, I’ll discover him, ship me the screenshot of the place he’s at.’”

Schauffele arrived, and with the assistance of a honking horn to alert Kaiser of his path, discovered his caddie, who was additionally coated in mud.

“The courtesy automotive is destroyed,” Kaiser mentioned. “He had me take my shirt off. He has footage of it.”

Whether or not Kaiser was joking or not about being fired, it’s a great factor he’s nonetheless employed, as they’ve teamed up for seven PGA Tour wins collectively. They’re coming off a T10 end finally week’s U.S. Open, which included a record-tying 62 on Thursday. You possibly can take heed to your entire episode under.

Josh Berhow

Golf.com Editor

Josh Berhow is the managing editor at GOLF.com. The Minnesota native graduated with a journalism diploma from Minnesota State College in Mankato. You possibly can attain him at joshua_berhow@golf.com.


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