FAQ: What do PGA Tour golfers eat before and during rounds?

What kinds of things do players eat before and during a round? A caddie tells us. Credit: John David Mercer-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.

It’s no secret that rounds on the PGA Tour can, at times, be glacial. With all that time on the course and in the sun, players and caddies need to stay hydrated and nourished.

And what they put in their bodies matters. So, what are they putting in their bodies to maintain the energy they need on the course?

When a reader asked us what PGA Tour players eat before and during rounds, we turned to Eric Meller, longtime caddie for Jerry Kelly on both the PGA Tour and PGA Tour Champions for the answer.

What do PGA Tour golfers eat before and during rounds?

Tour events have player dining set up for things like breakfast and lunch.

I would assume most of them have a good variety of foods to choose from. There are gluten-free guys, low-carb guys, eat whatever they want guys, so it definitely can be specific to an individual.

The usual suspects of eggs, bacon, breakfast potatoes, toast, fruit and oatmeal are all common options. During rounds, I see lots of protein powders mixed with water, bags of mixed nuts, various nutrition bars, bananas and good old fashioned PB&J sandwiches.

Maybe almond butter prevails more these days, so AB&J’s? You want to keep the energy going, but not do anything that will cause a crash a few holes after eating.

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