John McLaren, a Surrey-based caddy who is known for his gorgeous on-course outfits, has called for more time in his 30-year career – for now – to spend more time with his young family.
McLaren, who earned the nickname ‘Long Sox’ due to his propensity to wear extended hosiery to protect his feet from childhood burn injuries, hung up his tour bag after a career that saw him work with many of the best in the game. The player, including Luke Donald who was World No. 1 in his time and later with Ryder Cup star Paul Casey.
After 30 seasons, 18 wins and a dozen players, the popular 55-year-old Cady has decided to take a step back from responsibility. Saudi International, along with Casey, marked McLaren’s final event as he returned to family commitments. If the coronavirus hadn’t hit, McLaren estimates he would have continued to work for another three years.
“My child is eight and nine,” McLaren said. “My son broke his arm during the last Ryder Cup and I was not there. My daughter was born during the Open in Litham in 2012, and because of the time, I didn’t really go there for her birthday.
“Traveling to Kovid has become much more difficult. I am more mentally exhausted because of travel and the anxiety of positive tests after two-three weeks of travel, then stuck in the country when I have a small child. Similarly, I go home and they are in school and I am worried about not being able to go back to work. It has created a lot of uncertainty that I don’t have to deal with. “
Will miss McLaren with Casey after returning to experienced Bagman in 2015. He was with Luke Donald for the 2012 Miracle of Medina. “Luke was at the top of his power,” McLaren recalled. “It simply came to our notice then. There was extensive security.
I will miss these aspects. Friendship, competition. I can’t say I don’t have any arrogance because there are enough who still want me to be better than everyone else in this job. When you do well, it hurts your ego. “
McLaren refuses to return to the fairway after a decent rest though. “First of all, I’m going to run the school,” she says “I will be in the touchline of children’s games at school. I will return to my bike training as before. I would play a little more social golf. I know I have no chance of getting back here for the next six to eight months unless someone number 1 to 8 in the world calls and says they want to help me better. For the foreseeable future, I will be at home. “