FAQ: Do caddies call their player, ‘Pro,’ or by their first name?

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PGA Tour caddies answer the most frequently asked questions from our Caddie Network readers and followers. Credit: Eric Sucar-USA TODAY Sports

Through our readers and social media followers here at The Caddie Network, we often receive questions related to the caddie profession. We’ve collected the most frequently asked questions from our readers and followers and tasked actual PGA Tour caddies to serve up the answers based on their experiences. Here are the answers — from PGA Tour caddies — to the questions we most often receive from you.

Everyone’s got a nickname. But when it comes to PGA Tour golfers, there’s likely one nickname you won’t be hearing their caddie utter.

Do caddies call their player, “Pro,” or by their first name?

I, personally, don’t know of a caddie that calls his player “Pro.” If there is one, I think he’ll be in the parking lot looking for a new job!

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  1. As I related in my second installment I wrote for the Caddie Network last fall, I made a HUGE boo-boo by referring to my player that week as “Pro”. It was on the range for our first (and only) week together and very quickly his answer to me was “my name is Arnie or Arnold, NOT ‘PRO’!” Of course I’m talking about the one and only King himself, Arnie Palmer.

    That was in 1976, and I may have called him “Sir” the rest of the week😂!

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