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Tiger Woods' Caddie Reveals He Paid A Heckler $25 To Do This

Tiger Woods closing his eyes with his hands in his pocket.

AUGUSTA, GA - APRIL 08: Tiger Woods of the United States looks on during the final round of the 2018 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club on April 8, 2018 in Augusta, Georgia. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Being Tiger Woods' caddie is challenging enough when you just have to deal with helping the 14-time major winner perform on the course. But there's another aspect that many don't consider - and it's dealing with hecklers.

Woods is a controversial figure, surely, but most of the fans at any course are rooting for him in his comeback. Some, however, are not.

At the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational two weeks ago in Akron, a heckler was actually paid by Tiger's caddie to leave the course. Joe LaCava, who caddies for Woods, told ESPN this week that he paid $25 for the man to leave.

It didn't work at first, but a cop eventually intervened and sent the man home. SBNation transcribed what LaCava had to say:

“I said, ‘Hey listen bud, why do you gotta go there? Everyone is having a good time, everyone is pulling for Tiger.’” LaCava told ESPN’s Golic and Wingo show. “‘If you don’t like the guy, that’s one thing. But you don’t need to be yelling at my guy and screaming negative stuff like that.’”

“So he calls me a couple names and I go back and forth with the guy. And I said, ‘Why don’t you just leave?’”

And he goes, ‘Well, if you give me $25 for the ticket that I bought today, I’ll leave.’”

And I said, ‘Here you go. Here’s $25.’”

SBNation also has a photo of the supposed payment. The man's face is not revealed.

Heckling is part of sports, but it's particularly hard to deal with in golf, where players expect silence as they approach shots. This isn't the first time and it won't be the last time Tiger has to deal with something like this.