Who Is Jon Rahm’s Caddie?

Adam Hayes has been on Jon Rahm's bag since 2016 and their progress has been spectacular

Who Is Jon Rahm’s Caddie?
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Who Is Jon Rahm’s Caddie?

Jon Rahm and Adam Hayes got together in September 2016 at Silverado Country Club. Back then the Spaniard was 126th in the world, now he is a major winner, a two-time Ryder Cup player and the World No. 1.

They got their first win the following year at the Farmers at Torrey Pines – remember that putt on 18? – and they got to the No. 1 spot in 2020.

Hayes' background is studying at the University of Central Florida before moving into the caddying game via the LPGA Tour and he has since been on some great bags including Webb Simpson, Jason Dufner, Russell Henley, Vaughan Taylor and Ben Crane. One particular stand-out highlight came with Jonathan Byrd when Byrd made a hole-in-one on the fourth play-off hole to win the 2010 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.


But it is with Rahm, who is not known for his on-course easy-going manner, where he has enjoyed some incredible success.

"I think the most important thing to understand with (Adam) is he wants to win as much as I want to win, and that’s the beauty of it.” Rahm said. “Adam is amazing. I think what’s made it work so well early on, the best way I can say it is we’re both no-BS guys. 

"If you have something to tell me, tell me to my face, and it’s reciprocal. So he will tell me if he has something to tell me, and I will tell him if I have something to tell him. Besides the obvious chemistry and friendship that we have, I think the honesty and willingness to work is what makes it work so well and why we’ve made such a good team."

Jon Rahm and caddie Adam Hayes

Hayes and Rahm during the 2018 Masters at Augusta National. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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For Hayes he loves Rahm's on-course spirit.

“The best caddies are guys that just are almost like chameleons. They can read people’s personalities and learn their tendencies, and they don’t try and change people, and I’ve never tried changing Jon or anybody that I’ve ever worked for. Jon is who Jon is. 

"He’s a very competitive guy on the course and a lot of people take that the wrong way when he gets mad, but that’s just something that he’s had to figure out on his own, and I’ve never judged him for it and I never will. So I think that I’ve never tried to coddle or pamper the guys I’ve worked for but you hold guys accountable.”

How Much Does Jon Rahm's Caddie Make?

Hayes was recorded as the eighth highest-earning caddie according to Forbes by the end of 2017 receiving a reported $520,000, a year in which Rahm won once on the PGA Tour. That figure doesn't likely include the DP World Tour where Rahm also won and twice including the Tour Championship. 

Rahm topped the money list in 2021 with earnings of £7.7m so a nice percentage of that will all add up – the US Open victory alone was good for $2.25m so 10 per cent means Hayes will have collected around $220,000 for his week's work at Torrey Pines. 

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Mark Townsend
Contributing editor

Mark has worked in golf for over 20 years having started off his journalistic life at the Press Association and BBC Sport before moving to Sky Sports where he became their golf editor on skysports.com. He then worked at National Club Golfer and Lady Golfer where he was the deputy editor and he has interviewed many of the leading names in the game, both male and female, ghosted columns for the likes of Robert Rock, Charley Hull and Dame Laura Davies, as well as playing the vast majority of our Top 100 GB&I courses. He loves links golf with a particular love of Royal Dornoch and Kingsbarns. He is now a freelance, also working for the PGA and Robert Rock. Loves tour golf, both men and women and he remains the long-standing owner of an horrific short game. He plays at Moortown with a handicap of 6.