Who Is Lizette Salas' Caddie?

Get to know Lizette Salas' caddie, John Killeen, a little bit better.

Who Is Lizette Salas' Caddie
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Get to know Lizette Salas' caddie, John Killeen, a little bit better.

Who Is Lizette Salas' Caddie?

Lizette Salas is one of the most recognisable faces on the LPGA Tour, with a career spanning over 10 years.

During that time she has been one of the most consistent performers, appearing at four Solheim Cups (opens in new tab), and securing three runner-up finishes at Major championships.

Like all players though, a good caddie on the bag is needed to help achieve these successes. Here, we get to know hers.

Who Is Lizette Salas' Caddie?

John Killeen has been a caddie on the LPGA Tour for over 35 years, working with the likes of Patty Sheehan, Juli Inkster, Ayako Okamoto, Meg Mallon, Cristie Kerr, Mirim Lee and Angela Stanford.

Having had stints with Salas (opens in new tab), Killeen was actually on the bag for her only LPGA victory, the 2014 Kingsmill Championship.

Lizette Salas Caddie

Salas with Killeen at the 2014 Kingsmill Championship. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

Now back together for 2021, the duo have compiled a number of good results - four top-10's with two of them coming them at Majors, including a runner-up finish at the Women's PGA Championship.

It is well known that the life of a caddie is quite demanding. Flying from airport to airport and from event to event can be extremely strenuous.

Lizette Salas Caddie

Salas at the Women's PGA Championship. (Photo by Darren Carroll/PGA of America via Getty Images)

In 2016, this was shown by Killeen's schedule. Whilst still working for Angela Stanford, he went from his home near Atlanta to the Bahamas, Florida, Thailand, Singapore, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Texas and Alabama. He did manage a week's break for his son’s high school graduation but, until the Olympics in August, Killeen had only one other scheduled week off.

Killeen has been married to Denise Killeen (formerly Baldwin) since 1996. Denise, who is a former Tour player, managed a near 15 years on the LPGA Tour throughout the 90's and early 2000's, securing multiple top-10's.

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x