What happens when you put reserved a Korean with a reticent Englishman? You win golf tournaments.
The two have established a way of communicating that bridges the obvious language barrier between the two.
“I think he goes by my eyes in telling what selections are right or wrong,” Prodger, who has 38 wins over a 29-year caddying career, said. “He understands numbers.”
On the course, the two seem to get along using a system of gestures and whistling at one another. Prodger says that although the method has proven sound—Choi has five PGA Tour wins since meeting up with Prodger in 2003—sometimes the two may be more lucky than good.
“Even now I don’t suppose he understands everything I say,” Prodger said. “Sometimes I say one thing and he does the opposite. I think he’s naturally quiet—as I am.”
Shortly after Choi’s opening round 68, a weary Prodger catches up with his boss outside the clubhouse.
“K.J., are you having lunch?” Prodger asked.
When Choi failed to respond, Prodger tried again.
“K.J., are you having lunch?”
Choi walked right past him, evidently unaware that his caddy was questioning him.
“OK then, I’ll just leave the bag where you can find it…”