Golf Monthly's Jake O’Reilly was recently given the chance to spend the day as a European Tour caddie on the bag of Tyrrell Hatton during the British Masters’ Pro-Am, but as he soon found out, there’s more to the job than just working out numbers...

My day as a European Tour caddie by Jake O’Reilly

As I stood outside a bustling Woburn clubhouse waiting for Tyrrell Hatton to finish his warm-up massage on the European Tour physio truck, I was quite nervous about what the next few hours caddying for him had in store for me. The only thing I was pretty certain about was that right now, he was probably feeling a lot more relaxed than I was.

Keeping me company, and a keen eye on his man’s clubs for the time being, was Tyrrell’s usual European Tour caddie, Australian Kyle Roadley – or Roachie as he’s known by everyone on tour – who was in a jovial mood despite the rather wet and windy October weather. This was probably something to do with his impending day off that would see me lug Tyrrell’s bag round Woburn’s rolling 7,150 yard Duchess layout.

Roachie (below left) has been on Tyrrell’s bag since the 24-year-old enjoyed a superb run of form late in his 2013 Challenge Tour season, which saw him climb from 46th in the rankings with five tournaments to go to 10th, which earned him full playing rights for 2014. Roachie’s 18 years as a European Tour caddie have also included stints with Adam Scott, Michael Campbell, Richard Green and Marcel Siem.

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Tyrrell Hatton’s usual bag man Kyle Roadley chats to GM’s Jake

As he explained to me, his role as European Tour caddie is as much about keeping his man in the right place mentally as it is about getting the clubs right. With a lot of golfers, especially those who wear their hearts on their sleeves, the caddie’s role as a calming influence can be invaluable, and learning what makes a player tick is often the hardest thing to master.

Thankfully for me, the gentle nature of the Pro-Am, where Tyrrell was hosting a Hilton team and nothing was on the line, combined with playing partners happy to have a laugh – often at my expense, as I’d soon find out – meant my psychology skills were never called upon. That was just as well really, as I had plenty to learn as it was, and I was about to be thrown in at the deep end…

  1. 1. Introduction
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  3. 3. Roachie's guide to strategy
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