Amateur caddie inspires celebrities at The Honda Classic

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. - Former baseball player Roger Clemens gets a crowd of rowdy fans every time he walks the course at the Honda Classic. 

Wednesday he played with Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger, Grammy winner Branford Marsalis and country music star Toby Keith.

It was no surprise that his caddie, Brian Mast, was excited to work with him. 

"And hopefully we don't take away too much from their golf game," Mast joked.

Brian Mast is retired from the U.S. Army after twelve years of service.  He worked Joint Special Operations Command as a Bomb Technician.  He was paired with Clemens through Caddy for the Cure and Birdies for the Brave. 

Clemens and Mast have met several times before at Wounded Warriors events.  Clemens says he supports the troops every way he can.

"I am obviously a big support of it, I had the privilege to go to the Middle East with General Meyers and Drew Carey and it was the experience of a lifetime," he said.

Clemens and Mast make the miles-long journey through the course together.  It is no small accomplishment.  It took Mast 16 months of physical therapy to learn to walk again.  Both of his legs have been amputated and he wears prosthetics.

"EOD they call us, explosive ordnance disposal," he said.

Mast says he doesn't regret a minute of his military career, and he is happy to walk the course.

"That's what we do in the military, everything is painful and tough and trying so it kind of becomes the challenge," Mast said.

Clemens said, "When I saw him here today I had a big smile on my face and gave him a hi-five and you won't hear any complaints.  That guy would go back and serve his country if he could but the inspiration he brings to all of us is awesome."

The fans may be rooting for Clemens, but Mast is only focused on his two youngest fans, his sons who are four and two-years-old.

"And I always want to tell them, teach them, do your best.  No matter what.  It doesn't matter what the hurdle is in front of you," Mast said.

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