Meet the caddie: Steve Catlin

Twitter Handle
@ozcatman

Instagram Handle
@ozcatman

How long have you caddied?
Since 2003

Players I’ve caddied for…
Robert Streb, Michael Connell, Michael Long, Nick O’Hern, Ron Whittaker, Scott Hend, Andrew Buckle, Steve Allan, Bo Van Pelt and Steve Gangluff

Childhood hometown…
Adelaide, Australia

College attended… 
Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia

Did you play college golf?
No

What is your greatest golf memory?
My greatest golf memory was taking my late Great Grandfather out to a par-3 course when he was in his 80s. He had watched golf on TV all his life but had never set foot on a real course.

What is your greatest memory as a caddie?
My greatest memory as a caddie occurred in Sea Island, Georgia, at The McGladrey Classic. My boss Robert Streb played well all week, but it was a final round, 7-under 63 that put him into contention to win his (and my) first PGA Tour event.

What is the best part about being a caddie?
The best part about being a caddie is two fold.

The friendships and camaraderie that we forge on the Tour are some of the strongest we will experience outside of our own family.

But besides that, being a caddie is an extremely fulfilling role. We are in the heat of the battle helping our players with their decisions. We make it as easy as it possibly could be, to do what they do for a living. We are the “1%’ers” that you so often hear about in sports. The little things.

The players on Tour are the best in the world, and they choose us to assist them. And that is very gratifying.

Favorite professional golfer growing up?
Greg Norman, Craig Parry

Favorite city to visit?
New York City/Melbourne, Australia/Cinque Terre, Italy

Favorite course to caddie?
Baltusrol. The Old White at Greenbrier.

Favorite course to play?
Augusta National

Professional interests outside of golf?
PGA of Australia member

Favorite food?
Potato in any fried form

Favorite beverage?
Farmers Union Iced Coffee

Favorite restaurant?
The Brass Ring, North Palm Beach, FL

Favorite bar?
Any good dive bar with a great burger!

Favorite sports team?
Hawthorn Hawks, Woodville Warriors, Australian Cricket Team, Texas Rangers, Michigan State Spartans

Favorite movie?
Dead Solid Perfect

Who would be in your dream golf foursome, as a player?
3 mates from back home in Australia, and my late Dad walking around following us.

Hobbies outside of Golf?
Running, Hiking, iPhone Photography, Investing, Travel, Following favorite sports (Australian Rules Football, Cricket, Tennis, Baseball, NFL, College Sports).

Alternate career choice and why? 
PGA Tour member, so I can see what it is like to not have to carry the heavy bag!

Nicknames…
Catman, Catfish, Catdog

What is your favorite stop on Tour and why? 
Charlotte, NC. I love the city and I love the treatment we receive as caddies in the event, the course is great also.

What is your favorite restaurant on Tour and why? 
Brass Ring, West Palm Beach, FL. Fantastic hole in the wall pub with amazing burgers.

Where do you reside during the off season? 
Jacksonville, Florida

Greatest golf shot you have personally witnessed on tour? 
The back nine at the Greenbrier Classic in WV of boss Robert Streb. Putting with a wedge after his putter broke on 9 green, he shot 32 with 5 birdies to make a playoff. It was a once in a lifetime experience to witness it first hand.

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