Why Do The Caddies Have Numbers At The Masters?

It's something unique to The Masters, where each caddie wears a number on their jumpsuit

Tiger Woods' caddie Lance Bennett seen at The Masters
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The Masters caddies wear white jumpsuits and green caps, and have done since the 1940s, and eagle-eyed viewers will notice that each one has a different number on their chest. But why?

It's one of the many Masters traditions and it's a very simple one. Players arrive at Augusta National on tournament week and officially register for the event at the club, and the number their caddies wear is simply dictated by which order they registered in.

There is a caveat to that though, as the defending champion's caddie always takes number '1' no matter when they check in. 

This year's defending champion is Jon Rahm, therefore his caddie Adam Hayes has the honor of the number one.

Jon Rahm and his caddie at The Masters

Adam Hayes, Jon Rahm's caddie, seen with the #1 as defending champion

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The caddie wears that number all week, and even the players' caddie, whether it's their usual caddie or a friend, partner or family member, wears it during the traditional Masters Par 3 Contest - if they play.

The number 1 seen on a Masters caddie outfit

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For the 2024 Masters, there are 89 participants starting the week so the highest number seen on a caddie's jumpsuit is 89.

This tradition has also spread to the Augusta National Women's Amateur, where the world's best female amateurs play two rounds at Champions Retreat before the final round at Augusta National on the Saturday before The Masters.

Lottie Woad and her caddie at the 2024 Augusta National Women's Amateur

Caddies in the Augusta National Women's Amateur also wear numbers

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The ANWA started in 2019, with the debut tournament won by now-Major champion Jennifer Kupcho. It has now had five editions, with England's Lottie Woad, who attends Florida State University, winning the 2024 edition.

Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

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