Golf

This caddie says he's protective of his rising superstar pro. Here's why

Joe Skovron

is no stranger to looping for the next up-and-coming superstars of the PGA Tour.
Skovron is best known for caddying for Rickie Fowler for the first 13 years of his pro career. During that time, Fowler quickly became one of the biggest names in the sport thanks to his marketability and play.
When the partnership
ultimately ended in 2022, Skovron picked up the bag of another young star in Tom Kim and the pair quickly picked up a win at that year’s Shriners Children’s Open. To start this season, Skovron picked up yet another of the PGA Tour’s elite crop of 20-somethings in Ludvig Aberg.
All of those players are in demand when comes to people wanting to be in their orbit on the PGA Tour. As their caddie at different points, Skovron said he feels protective of the young superstars while they’re on Tour.
“There’s so much more to playing golf out here than just showing up at the golf course and playing, right,” Skovron told GOLF Supar co-hosts Colt Knost and Drew Stoltz on this week’s episode. “Your home life, family, friends, you know, the outside stuff, fame, commercials, all these different things that they take away from what you’re trying to do or to distract you or anything there. And the simpler you can keep it, the better it’s going to be.”
Luckily, Skovron has had plenty of experience, with Aberg now his third boss whose stock seemingly has nowhere to go but up.
But he also admires other players for how they handle the stardom, like World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler.
Skovron said Scheffler’s ability to keep his off-course life simple, and not be a distraction, is one of his best strengths.
“I don’t think it can be overstated what his off-the-course life does for his golf,” he said.
For more from Skovron, you can check out the full episode of Subpar below.

Jack Hirsh is an assistant editor at GOLF. A Pennsylvania native, Jack is a 2020 graduate of Penn State University, earning degrees in broadcast journalism and political science. He was captain of his high school golf team and recently returned to the program to serve as head coach. Jack also still *tries* to remain competitive in local amateurs. Before joining GOLF, Jack spent two years working at a TV station in Bend, Oregon, primarily as a Multimedia Journalist/reporter, but also producing, anchoring and even presenting the weather. He can be reached at jack.hirsh@golf.com.
 
 
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