A Star is Born: Caddie Pete ‘Crunchy Pete’ Persolja becomes internet sensation

Pete ‘Crunchy Pete’ Persolja
As Keith Mitchell won the Honda Classic on Sunday night, people couldn’t get enough of his caddie, Pete ‘Crunchy Pete’ Persolja. Photo: Scott Halleran

It was a unique double victory for PGA Tour player Keith Mitchell and caddie Pete Persolja on Sunday.

First, Mitchell won his first tour event – the Honda Classic – in exhilarating fashion with four birdies over his final seven holes, including a 15-footer at the last, to hold off Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler.

Then, Persolja – who goes by “Crunchy Pete” – won Twitter.

Crunchy Pete’s Twitter bio reads: “Caddy version of Bear Grylls. Organic everything. Bought my car/house for $100. I only shower under waterfalls.”

FOLLOW: Here’s a look at Crunchy Pete’s Twitter page


Just a couple hours after the win, Crunchy Pete tweeted about how he was closing in on 1,000 followers:

At the time of this post, he was over 7,000:

Pete ‘Crunchy Pete’ Persolja
Pete Persolja has been feeling the Twitter love since his boss, Keith Mitchell, won the Honda Classic on Sunday night.

And here was the tweet in the immediate aftermath, sporting that 18th hole pin-flag every caddie wants:

You could tell just by browsing golf Twitter that plenty of people were over the moon for Mitchell and Persolja:

The excitement didn’t end, as Pete was on Twitter looking for accountants:

People had jokes, too:

We can’t wait to see Mitchell – but especially Pete – at the Masters. Well done, boys.

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