What 40-year-old Michael Sims did last week by teeing it up in the inaugural Bermuda Championship – his first PGA Tour start – has been done before, but it’s awfully rare writes T.J. Auclair.
With the start, it meant Sims both played – and caddied – on the PGA Tour in 2019.
Back in April, Sims played fill-in caddie for longtime friend Lucas Glover in the Valero Texas Open while Glover’s regular bagman, Don Cooper, had a week back home.
“Lucas texted and asked what I had going on that week,” Sims recalled. “I said, ‘nothing.’ He asked me to come hang out and I said, ‘yeah.’ That’s how it went down. Arrangements were made and I happened to go buy a pair of sneakers to walk the course and the rest of that jazz.”
His caddie gig with Glover was merely a pinch-hit situation, but it was a fruitful one, as Glover finished T14, one of a remarkable 16, top-25 finishes in 26 starts last season.
So, that was the caddie segment of 2019 for Sims. The player segment was still to come.
Like we said, it’s been done before, but it’s rare. Perhaps the most notable example was in 2008, also at the Valero Texas Open.
Our Craig Dolch detailed that tale in a fantastic feature on Lance Ten Broeck. Here’s the excerpt from the feature, explaining how Ten Broeck caddied for Jesper Parnevik AND played in the same tournament.