Caddie Confidential: At what point does your player start zeroing in on the Masters?

In many cases, players begin thinking about The Masters long before tournament week. Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports

Welcome to the third installment of our 2022 “Caddie Confidential” series, with monthly, inside-the-ropes perspective from dozens of Tour caddies on rotating golf topics. In this edition, caddies share when their player starts zeroing in on the Masters.

Every year there is one tournament that stands out above the rest. It just so happens that it always falls on the first full week of April.

The Masters is certainly a tradition unlike any other, and players treat it that way in their preparation.

In this March 2022 edition of Caddie Confidential, we polled two dozen caddies to hear when their players start dialing in on the Masters.

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The answers were all over the board.

“The Monday after the previous year,” one caddie said.

“The week of,” said another.

Here’s a look at more responses from our caddies, who we promised anonymity in an effort to get their most honest answers.

At what point does your player start zeroing in on the Masters?

Check out this selection of responses from caddies:

We’re banned from Augusta. I kid. We’re trying our best to obtain an invite from that cherished tournament.

Florida swing.

Couple months before.

I wish…

Week before.

End of the west coast swing.

Hopefully as soon as possible. Not in yet.

If/when we are in contention or get close to the world ranking required to get an invite.

Every week because he’s not in it.

3/4 weeks out.

I think as soon as January comes around all prep is for the majors.

The Masters is a result of great play. I don’t think it helps to over try to get there.

Around the holidays.

The week before.

Florida swing (Bay Hill).

Middle of February.

When he gets there.

First tournament.

Always.

After he qualifies.

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