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Who Is Denny McCarthy's Caddie?
Denny McCarthy is a recent newcomer to the PGA Tour, spending only a few years out on Tour and he is still looking for his first PGA Tour title despite several narrow misses. But who currently carries his bag? Let's take a look.
McCarthy's bagman at the moment is someone called Derek Smith. We believe when it comes to PGA Tour players, Smith has only caddied for McCarthy. Smith was born in Oklahoma and would go on to play college golf for Wichita State, Texas Tech. He did also attend the University of Oklahoma. As such one of his favorite sports teams is the football team at the Oklahoma institution, but he also likes the Denver Broncos, New York Yankees and Arsenal FC.
We are not sure how they met, but he and Denny have been working together for a while now. In fact, in an interview with the Caddie Network Smith said his greatest achievement as a caddie was winning the 2018 Korn Ferry Tour Championship and locking up fully exempt status for the following season with McCarthy.
Smith's professional golfer growing up was Tiger Woods (opens in new tab) and he said his favorite four-ball would include Woods, Rory McIlroy (opens in new tab) and his current employer Denny McCarthy. He also said his favorite course to caddie out on tour is Quail Hollow.
That being said his favorite Tour stop is the Waste Management Phoenix Open, saying; "golf needs more events like it."
Smith has said his inspirational role model is Paul Tesori (opens in new tab), who actually caddies for Webb Simpson at the moment.
A golfer for most of his life, Sam started playing the game to prove he was the best player out of his father and two brothers.
He quickly became a golf equipment expert and has always been the one family and friends come to for buying advice, and spends a lot of his time putting golf gear, apparel and shoes to the test.
He is a graduate of Swansea University where he studied History and American Studies, and he has been a part of the Golf Monthly team since February 2018. He also previously worked for World Soccer and Rugby World magazines.
A jack of all trades across print and digital formats, Sam now spends most of his time testing and looking after golf gear content for the website. He also oversees all Tour player content as well.
Unfortunately, Sam is not a member of any club at the moment but regularly gets out on the golf course to keep up the facade of having a handicap of five.
Sam is currently playing:
Driver: Titleist TS3
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 degrees), Nike Covert Tour 2.0 (19 degrees)
Irons (4-PW): Titleist AP2
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 54˚, 58˚
Putter: Scotty Cameron Circa 62 #6
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