Back in 2011, caddie Steve Williams publicly boasted how instrumental he was in Adam Scott’s win at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. He may have merely been throwing shade at Tiger Woods, who had fired him just three weeks prior to the event. But his claim caused plenty golfers to criticize him for stealing the spotlight that should have been on Scott and his first World Golf Championships title.
The incident also gave rise to the question whether caddies are critical to a golfer’s success.
In the past, caddies are supposed to follow three rules: show up, keep up, and shut up. Their responsibilities before were to carry and clean golf clubs, rake bunkers and sand traps, replace divots and ball marks, and tend or remove the pin on the green. Basically, they were assigned blue-collar tasks.
However, their roles have continued to expand as more and more golfers are enabling them. They have since become rangefinders as well, or measurers of distance, course hazards, green contours, and more.
Additionally, some of them are also expected to be aware of which golf club is the most appropriate to use depending on the scenario and shot.
Caddies have now become a valuable resource for golfers. Some people have even said that the moral or mental support caddies give golfers during critical moments in competitions can spell the difference between winning and losing a tournament.