Welcome to the 12th installment of our 2021 “Caddie Confidential” series, with monthly, inside-the-ropes perspective from dozens of Tour caddies on rotating golf topics. Up this month: we look ahead to 2022 and poll caddies on which players they expect to have a breakout season, which tournament they believe their player has the best chance of winning, which player treats the caddies best and, finally, we ask — if you could loop for any young, non-major-winning (yet) player on Tour, who would it be.
When a player looks at the schedule for a new season, there are certain events that they can circle where they know they’ll have a good chance of contending. It could be because they’re a horse for that particular course, or there’s something about the place that just fits their eye.
The same can be said for caddies. They have a good idea of the places that fit their boss best and those are certainly the weeks they get extra amped up for.
With that in mind, we polled nearly four dozen PGA Tour caddies and asked which tournament they believed their player had the best chance of winning in 2022, promising them anonymity in an effort to get their most honest answers.
“Riviera,” one caddie said. “Been in the mix before and loves the place.”
Another told us: “Sony Open. Always seems to show up prepared after off season and that course doesn’t favor any type of player.”
What’s the one tournament you think your player has the best chance of winning in 2022 and why (without naming names, obviously)?
Check out this selection of responses from caddies:
Masters. Hasn’t had the most success but ready to break out
Colonial. He always plays well there
Wyndham. It owes us one.
RBC Heritage. Not too long. Ball striker’s golf course.
Hawaii, plays firm and fast.
Pebble Beach. Loves West Coast Poa.
The Sony. Perfect tournament for him. Rewards good driving and good scrambling.
American Express in Palm Springs. Great past history there in the last four years.
New Orleans. His partner is one of the best in the world.
Arnold Palmer Invitational because he’s a Florida boy, can beat up the par 5s out there and used to live in the Orlando area.
The Sony. Suites his game. Straight hitter, great putter.
Players Championship. He loves it and plays well there.
Pebble Beach – He has a love affair with the place.
The Players Championship. If you knew my player you may laugh at that, but I know he’s going to win it sometime in the future.
Genesis/Riviera. Great iron player with room from the tee.
Interested in more from our December 2021 installment of Caddie Confidential? Be sure to check out which players the caddies expect to have a breakout 2022, the players who treat the caddies best and, finally, which young, non-major-winning (yet) player caddies would most want to caddie for.