Who Is Justin Rose’s Caddie?

Justin Rose and David Clark have reunited as the Englishman looks to rediscover his best form

David Clark talks to Justin Rose at the 2021 Masters in Augusta
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Who Is Justin Rose's Caddie?

Since 2019, Justin Rose has had several caddies. At the start of that year, his long-time caddie Mark ’Foochy’ Fulcher had heart surgery, prompting Rose to team up with Henrik Stenson’s former bagman Gareth Lord.

The 2013 US Open winner made another change in 2021, turning to David Clark, who remains his caddie this year. So far, the former World No.1 has struggled to regain his top form with the new partnership. Nevertheless, Clark has a wealth of experience, having caddied for some of the biggest names in golf, including Adam Scott, Vijay Singh and Paul Casey. Further room for optimism can be found in Rose’s performance during the 2021 Masters. Rose held the lead after the second round before eventually finishing seventh.

This isn’t the first time Clark has caddied for Rose, either. The two initially teamed up in 2005, and Rose considers Clark one of his best friends. Clark sees that close relationship as a positive. In a 2021 PGA Tour interview, he explained: “I can say stuff to him that other people might not feel they can say to him.”

Rose backed that sentiment up, saying: “I think his greatest attribute to me is knowing me – keeping me loose, keeping me having fun. There’s no doubt that if you’re a little bit more relaxed and a little bit more playful out there on the golf course you probably access and tap into your best golf a little bit easier than if you’re super-intense or a little bit dry. You could have a caddie who’s giving you great data, but you want someone to come in who’s going to inspire you or say something at the right time – make you laugh, make you smile.”

Clark agreed with Rose’s assessment, saying: “That is one thing I think I help players with – loosening them up and being happy and trying to just take them away from what they’re trying to do out there.”

David Clark and Justin Rose at the 2021 Wyndham Championship

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Rose has shown flashes of his best form since reuniting with Clark, including that strong performance at the 2021 Masters and another encouraging display at last year’s PGA Championship, where he finished tied for 8th. Those performances should give Rose confidence that, with Clark by his side, this year’s Masters tournament can be one of his best.

How Much Does Justin Rose’s Caddie Make?

Despite not finding his best form in recent years, Justin Rose still has impressive career earnings, with around $56m. Meanwhile, he still earns comfortably over $1m a year, making $1.3m in 2020-21. PGA caddies earn between $1500 to $3000 per tournament, plus a percentage of winnings of between five and 10%. While these are ballpark figures, it is likely Clark earned comfortably $100,000 as Rose’s caddie last year. This is still a significantly smaller figure than when Rose was at his peak. For example, it is reported that Mark Fulcher made $720,000 as Rose’s caddie in 2014.

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Mike Hall
Mike Hall

Mike has 25 years of experience in journalism, including writing on sports such as golf, football and cricket. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly, he is dedicated to covering the sport’s most newsworthy stories. Originally from East Yorkshire, Mike now resides in Canada, where the nearest course is less than a mile from his home. It’s there where he remains confident that, one of these days, he’ll play the 17th without finding the water. Kevin Cook’s acclaimed 2007 biography, Tommy’s Honour, about golf’s founding father and son, remains one of his all-time favourite sports books.