Johnson “Shocks” Longtime Caddie Green With Split

One of the PGA Tour’s most successful partnerships has come to an end. Zach Johnson and his longtime caddie, Damon Green, have called it quits, according to a report from The Caddie Network

The duo had worked together for 15 years and won a pair of major championships — the 2007 Masters and the 2015 Open Championship — along with nine other PGA Tour events. 

“Zach said, ‘I think we need to take a break. It’s not a ‘firing.’ We’re too good friends for that.’” Green told The Caddie Network. “I just think he didn’t want to say the word ‘fire.’ I was shocked.”

Unsurprisingly, the relationship was as lucrative as it was successful with Johnson notching 79 top-10s and 175 top-25s. Johnson only missed the cut in 67 of their 387 career starts together. Over the course of his career, Johnson has made $44.7 million, which ranks 11th all time. 

“He’s probably had a Hall of Fame career and I had a front-row seat to it,”  Green said. “It was great to watch.” 

While Johnson is expected to hire Brett Waldman, a former mini-tour colleague and most recently, the caddie for Charley Hoffman, Green said he’s only 80% sure that he’ll caddie ever again, saying it would have to be the right situation.

Green, an experienced player in his own right, has won dozens of mini-tour events and come close on a few occassions to capturing a Tour card of his own. Recently, Green has competed in various PGA Tour Champions events, highlighted by a T13 finish at the 2011 U.S. Senior Open. 

The looper said he’ll take some time to reassess his situation before moving forward with anything.

“I’ve missed out on a lot of family things for 20 years,” he said. “I’m thankful I don’t have work again if I don’t want to. But there’s a part of me that loves caddying.”