BETHESDA, Md. — Caddy Dean Herden’s unforgettable week at the KPMG Women’s PGA was notable even before his boss In Gee Chun hit a competitive streak.
On Wednesday, a man was found shot dead at the Red Roof Inn in Rockville, Maryland, where Herden said he and about 20 other caddies were staying for the week. Herden said other cadets heard the shots, but he slept.
WUSA9 reported that Montgomery County police found Javier Gonzalez-Mena, 39, around 11:30 p.m. Police say Gonzalez-Mena responded to a knock on his hotel room door and was fatally shot. Two men were later arrested and charged with first degree murder.
Herden said while half the cadets found a new place for the rest of the week, he decided to stay.
“It has to be the safest place on earth,” he said. “Every time I left the hotel there were two police cars there.”
A month ago, when Chun came to Congress for a practice round, Herden stayed at the Rockville Red Roof Inn about 20 minutes from the golf course. He thought the location and the $550 rate for the week was so great that he told the rest of the caddies about it in the group chat.
In Gee Chun celebrates with caddy Dean Herden after winning the 2022 KPMG Women’s PGA Championship at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland. (Photo: Elsa/Getty Images)
Herden, 58, was a caddy for 30 years after playing professionally for six years on the Asian Tour and in Canada. He’s been on the bag for 54 world titles, including five majors.
This week’s wire-to-wire victory with Chun is their second together. Herden was on Chun’s bag when she won the 2015 US Women’s Open at Lancaster Country Club.