Who Is Danny Willett's Caddie?

We take a look at who currently carries the Englishman's bag.

Danny Willett's Caddie
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Who Is Danny Willett's Caddie?

Danny Willett (opens in new tab) has had a changing caddie situation over the years. He had Jonathan Smart on the bag for a number of years before they split in 2017. Back then, Willett got his best friend Sam Haywood on the bag and he was also best-man at Willett's wedding back in 2013.

Haywood came onto the bag in 2017 at first on a temporary basis. It was reported that Smart was tired of being the scapegoat for Willett's struggles at the time and he quit after the first round of the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town.

Haywood is actually quite the player himself as he only lost by one stroke to Danny playing at Augusta National! He is also a professional and the pair both played a lot of junior golf at Rotherham Golf Club. We believe they are both still members there.

Willett talking to Smart at the 2017 Masters. They would split soon after (Getty Images)

“Sam’s my best friend. We grew up playing a lot of golf,” Willett said in 2017. “He’s just a good friend of mine. He’s doing this week and then I’m going to have to try to find someone for the next few weeks.” Haywood at the time also caddied for American David Lipsky but he stayed on Willett's bag and has remained there ever since. Since they have teamed up Willett has won the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai and the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

However despite all of this, Willett had Smart back on the bag at the 2022 Masters. We are unsure when exactly they started working together again nor do we know if this is a temporary or permanent appointment. As soon as we know, we will update this page but we think the partnership started again because of the issues around coronavirus. 

Sam Tremlett
Senior Staff Writer

A golfer for most of his life, Sam started playing the game to prove he was the best player out of his father and two brothers.
He quickly became a golf equipment expert and has always been the one family and friends come to for buying advice, and spends a lot of his time putting golf gear, apparel and shoes to the test.  
He is a graduate of Swansea University where he studied History and American Studies, and he has been a part of the Golf Monthly team since February 2018. He also previously worked for World Soccer and Rugby World magazines.

A jack of all trades across print and digital formats, Sam now spends most of his time testing and looking after golf gear content for the website. He also oversees all Tour player content as well. 

Unfortunately, Sam is not a member of any club at the moment but regularly gets out on the golf course to keep up the facade of having a handicap of five. 


Sam is currently playing:
Driver: Titleist TS3
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 degrees), Nike Covert Tour 2.0 (19 degrees)
Irons (4-PW): Titleist AP2
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 54˚, 58˚
Putter: Scotty Cameron Circa 62 #6