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Who Is Si Woo Kim's Caddie?
Kim's caddie, Brian Vranesh, has enjoyed success as both a player and a caddie. As a player, the American turned professional in 1999 and, despite having no victories, managed a runner-up finish at the Chitimacha Louisiana Open (a Nationwide Tour event), losing a playoff to Bubba Dickerson. Vranesh also produced a top-10 finish on the PGA Tour, with a T8th finish at the 2009 Buick Open.
The relationship between Kim and Vranesh is a strong one, and they found success at the 2021 The American Express. Clinging on to a share of the lead at the tournament, Kim was 288 yards from the green at the par-5 11th hole when he pulled out his driver. To some observers it seemed like a ridiculous decision, especially with how crowded the leaderboard was, but the 25-year-old was actually going with the 'smart play'.
“Every day [he hits that shot],” Brian Vranesh, said. “He was more confident with that shot because his 3-wood can flip left [towards a water hazard] but, once we got it running, we knew it would be close to the green.”
Vranesh has previously caddied for Kevin Chappell and was on the bag when the American made a 59 at the 2019 A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier. This was just his second competitive round caddying for Chappell.
Kim has enjoyed many successes throughout his career, including the 2017 Players Championship. Claiming the biggest win of his career, Kim's caddie was actually Mark Carens; who had previously caddied for Bubba Watson, Brendon Todd, Morgan Hoffman and Aaron Baddeley.
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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
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