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

Caddie Bo Martin seen at The 2023 Masters
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The Masters caddies wear white jumpsuits 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'. This year's defending champion Scottie Scheffler and his bag man Ted Scott get that honor.

Ted Scott walks during the 2023 Masters

Ted Scott, Scottie Scheffler's bag man, got number 1 as caddie of the 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.

For the 2023 Masters, there were 88 participants at the start of the week so the highest number seen on a caddie's jumpsuit was 88. That went to Si Woo Kim and his caddie, which means that he was the last player to register.

Ji Hyun Oh celebrating at the 2023 Masters

Si Woo Kim's wife and Par 3 Contest caddie Ji Hyun Oh wearing the number 88

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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.

Player and caddie at the 2023 ANWA

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 four editions, with Rose Zhang winning the 2023 edition.

Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four 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 at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. 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:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x