Zach Johnson playing McGladrey Classic without caddie Damon Green
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Zach Johnson playing McGladrey Classic without caddie Damon Green


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Zach Johnson will be without long-time caddie Damon Green on the bag as he's a headliner at this week's McGladrey Classic on Sea Island, Ga.

Green, who is an accomplished golfer in his own right, will be competing in the first stage of Champions Tour Q-school this week, leaving his day job for a chance to earn status on the 50-plus circuit.

The looper isn't worried about how Johnson will do without him on the bag. After all, the last time Green wasn't on Johnson's bag back in 2012, Johnson beat Troy Matteson in a playoff for the John Deere Classic title.



Green, 53, has proven he can keep up with the birdie barrage that is Champions Tour golf. He finished T-17 in the U.S. Senior Open in 2012 after opening in a tie for fourth place after a first-round 68 at Inverness.

Green almost found himself on the PGA Tour. At the 1994 Q-School, Green missed a 30-inch putt that would have given him his card -- and likely changed his life.

“Every night, almost. You’ll be laying in bed and if you think about that 2 1/2 -footer that you missed and it could have changed your life,” he said to in 2012. “I wake up in a cold sweat sometimes.”

If Green moves on to the final stage of Q-School and earns one of five Champions Tour spots available at TPC Scottsdale, then he has previously said he'll split time caddying for Johnson, who he has worked with since 2004, and pursuing his own playing career.

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