A caddie's guide to Augusta National
Some caddies seem to have become as much part of the Augusta furniture as some of the players. Terry Mundy is one such character. The one-time printer, who started out working on the Ladies European Tour in 1989 for the likes of Alison Nicholas and Dame Laura Davies, has been by the side of Ian Poulter since 2006 and is one of the most straightforward people you could meet.
After about three minutes in his company you’re thinking how much you’d love him to be telling you what shot to hit, a few minutes later you’d just like to be his mate.
He’s quality and he’s got some brilliant things to say about his time at Augusta National…
“Ian had played two Masters in 2004 and 2005 and I’ve done all of them from 2007 onwards. So this year will be my 12th Masters.
“We’ve missed the cut once in that time in 2013 and that year was a strange one. We missed the cut in Houston and normally he would have flown home and gone to Augusta on Monday but we went straight there and played more holes and did more prep that week than we’d ever done and we missed the cut.
“You shouldn’t miss the cut there with his course knowledge, the short field and the top 50 and ties making it.”
“I don’t get nervous any more. I probably did in my first few years but I can honestly say if it’s a Ryder Cup or a major there’s nothing for me to be nervous about – I just have to give Ian a yardage and tell him what it’s playing and the rest is down to him. If you do get in contention at a major then it is more exciting and there is more adrenaline but I don’t get nervous. I’ve done the same job every day for so long so the rest is up to him.
“That said, the Masters is always a special week. It’s the only major at the same venue every year so the more you go back, the more familiar you are with everything. If you get to contend at the weekend then the Masters gets really exciting as every player and caddie would love to win it.”
“The 12th is a nightmare for the caddie and player. Someone once showed me a replica model that they had built of the hole with the 11th and 13th fairways angled in the right way. They showed me that when you blow air down the model it hits the back trees and comes back at you.
“It is so difficult to play it for a certain wind direction when, 50 yards to your left, it is blowing the other way. Then the wind drops and it is all so inconsistent so you might get three guys who all hit it a similar distance and one is short, one’s pin high and one is in the rhododendrons.
“Ian’s actually got a good record at 12 and he’s one of a few who might be under par for that hole. One thing he’ll do is get on the tee and hit it quickly. As soon as you stop a lot of mistakes can creep in, so he’ll get up there, it might be 148 with a bit of hurt there so we know it’s a smooth 8, and he goes. He’s only ever been in the water once and he’s made a lot of birdies on that hole.”
“One thing that might be interesting this year is that, with there being no yellow stakes, at the 15th if you carry the water and come back in you won’t have to come back to the drop area. You’ll be dropping where you entered and that will make a huge difference but we’ll see what the rules officials say.
When Ian played in the final group on Saturday with Lee Westwood was pretty special. It’s great to get up on Saturday and think ‘here we go, come on’. It just didn’t happen for us and finished Ian finished 10th.
We were paired with Tiger last year, which is always nice as you get a much bigger following but generally it’s most enjoyable when you’re going well.”
Mundy has his eye on one player to go low with the way Augusta is set up. Find out who on the next page…