Despite not getting a full US Tour card, Camillo Villegas' caddie Brett Waldman did qualify for the Nationwide Tour and has decided to chase his dream.
For a time it looked like Waldman might actually achieve the improbable by finishing in the top 25 of the PGA Tour Q-school, but it wasn't meant to be, or not yet at least.
But he did finish high enough to earn a one-year exemption for the second biggest tour in the states, the Nationwide Tour.
Which left Waldman with a bit of a decision to make; stay with on as Villegas’ caddie and enjoy the financial security working with one of the top golfers in the world provides, or rekindle his dream of trying to make it as a professional golfer.
He chose the latter.
"It's just a dream," Waldman said. "I don't want to look back knowing that I had the chance to do it and not doing it, and hating myself for it. I would always look back and say, 'What if?' There's a reason I got to where I am. I might as well chase the dream."
Waldman’s achievement at Q-school this year was quite exceptional considering he hadn’t played competitive golf since he was knocked out of in the second round of the 2002 US Tour Q-school.
He apparently entered the qualifying event on a whim after of some gentle persuasion from his wife.
Despite needing now needing to find a new caddie Villegas has been backing his former caddie all the way.
"Camilo was great," Waldman said. "I don't think he was surprised. I think he expected it. I told him I was sorry, because I feel like we've got unfinished business. But all along, he has been unbelievable supportive and respectful."
"I'm very happy for Brett," Villegas said. "We had a great talk during the Q-school tournament and then again after he earned his Nationwide card. He is chasing his dream and I fully support him. He knows that I will do everything I can to help him, but he's already taken a very big step on his own. I'm proud of him."
Now the first thing Waldman needs to do is find a caddie of his own.