FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- Sergio Garcia and his caddie, Gary Matthews, split up at the PGA Championship. The Spaniard went to the Wyndham Championship in need of a caddie, and David Faircloth was in the right spot at the right time. Faircloth, a caddie at a private club in North Carolina, was working the pro-am for club member Bobby Long, who wound up recommending him to Garcia.
The rest of the week was a blur. Faircloth was on the bag as Garcia won his first PGA Tour event in four years.
The Barclays kicks off the 2012 PGA Tour playoffs at Bethpage Black, the famous New York City public course that hosted the U.S. Open in 2002 and 2009.
Perhaps the classiest gesture came from Tony Navarro, a longtime PGA Tour caddie who has worked for Greg Norman, Adam Scott and now Bud Cauley. Garcia and Cauley played in the final group at Greensboro, and when Navarro realized how overwhelmed Faircloth was, he unscrewed the flag from the pin on the 18th hole, took it over to Faircloth and said, ''Well done this week. This is yours.''
''That flag is kind of our trophy,'' Navarro told The New York Post. ''I figured he didn't know, so I just did the right thing and gave it to him. He was a nice kid, and I could tell he was a bit emotional and excited.''
The payoff for Faircloth remains a mystery. Most regular tour caddies are on a weekly salary, along with a percentage of what the player earns, typically 10 percent if they win. Garcia earned $936,000. But the Spaniard wasn't sure what he should give a club caddie who filled in for the week.
''I'll have to look at it,'' Garcia said. ''Obviously, he's not going to get what a normal caddie would get because his job was fairly easy.''
For The Barclays, Garcia plans on using Wayne Richardson, who works as a spotter for CBS Sports.