Brooks Koepka: "Nothing Cooler" Than Open Win In Caddie's Hometown

Brooks Koepka's caddie Ricky Elliott is from Portrush

Brooks Koepka: "Nothing Cooler" Than Open Win In Caddie's Hometown

The World No.1 is playing for his caddie Ricky Elliott this week who is from Portrush

Brooks Koepka: "Nothing Cooler" Than Open Win In Caddie's Hometown

Brooks Koepka tees it up this week at Royal Portrush in the 148th Open Championship and will attract a massive gallery for two reasons.

Number one is because he is a four-time winner and the World number one, and the second reason is because he has Ricky Elliott on the bag who is caddying in his hometown.

Elliott grew up in Portrush and has vast experience of playing competitive golf on the Dunluce links.

Koepka will be at a huge advantage this week and believes that there will be "nothing cooler" than winning the Claret Jug with Elliott on the bag.

The World No.1 was asked about the local knowledge on offer in his pre-tournament press conference.

"Every hole I just step up on, 'you tell me what to do, you've played it more than anybody'," he said.

"So just let him figure it out. He knows his spots to miss it. The spots to come in from, with different hole locations and different winds.

"It will be -- definitely have a little bit more confidence having him on the bag this week, knowing this golf course so well."

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The four-time Major winner was asked whether he is playing for his caddie this week.

"Yeah, absolutely. There would be nothing cooler," he said.

"Put it this way, I don't think when he grew up that he ever thought there would be an Open Championship here.

"And to top it off, I don't think he ever thought he'd be a part of it.

"And to be caddying and to be able to win one here would be -- he'd be a legend, wouldn't he?

"He already is. But it would be cool to see him win."

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Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x