A family affair for Martins
Monday, April 21, 2014 12:52 AM
HILTON HEAD ISLAND -- So much for a week of working for the department of transportation.
Matt Martin, this is your life: step away from your office in Abbeville and onto the links -- Harbour Town Golf Links, to be exact -- as a PGA Tour caddie for your older brother, Ben Martin.
No big deal, right?
Apparently, it’s not.
You see, while caddying this weekend, Matt Martin kept his brother collected enough to where he finished tied for third -- finishing behind only a former world No. 1 in Luke Donald and Sunday’s winner, Matt Kuchar, who tied for fifth in last weekend’s Masters.
Being a caddie can be a gruesome task. Fair or not, the caddie can get the blame sometimes for a bad round.
But what appeared to be going on here was pure fairways magic. And, it was a family affair.
“(Matt) doesn’t mind filling in and Ben’s happy to have him whenever he needs somebody,” said their father, Jim Martin, who himself was Ben’s caddie when he was the 2009 U.S. Amateur runner-up. “It’s a lot of fun watching those boys having a good time.”
Ben and Matt not only both graduated from Clemson University, they also were golf standouts at Greenwood High School. Matt even won a region title his sophomore and junior seasons.
Are you sure, you might not be missing your calling, Matt?
Matt also caddied for Ben in two Web.com Tour events last year. Both were top-25 finishes, and one was even a tie for sixth.
But Matt insists carrying bags is not for him, especially with a 2013 college degree and a much steadier job.
But how did something so crazy -- and yet fun -- like this happen this week?
Well, it’s easy. Ben’s caddie -- ex-Clemson teammate Alex Boyd -- had a wedding engagement party he had to attend.
Of course, you can’t really miss that.
Therefore, Ben texted Matt Monday and asked if he’d like to caddie.
“The plan all along was to let my brother do the weekend, so I don’t think it could have