Who Is Harold Varner III's Caddie?

Varner III currently has experienced Englishman Chris Rice on the bag

Harold Varner III and his caddie pictured
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Harold Varner III currently has Englishman Chris Rice on the bag. Rice is a veteran caddie who has been out on tour for around 15 years.

Rice is a good golfer who played Lancashire County golf as an amateur. He grew up playing with David Horsey as an amateur before eventually going on to caddie for the Englishman at the 2007 Walker Cup and then on the European Tour via Q-school.

Rice made his way to the PGA Tour via the European (now DP World) Tour. He has previously caddied for David Horsey, Pablo Larrazabal, Tyrrell Hatton and Emiliano Grillo.

He was on the bag for Hatton's 2016 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship win at St Andrews, which was the Englishman's first ever European Tour title. Rice was also with Hatton in his Masters debut at Augusta National in 2017.

Chris Rice and Tyrrell Hatton pose for a photo

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He won the 2021 Players Championship caddie nearest the pin competition with a total of 1'2", beating the previous record by two inches. That earned him all player contributions in the pot on the 17th tee, a personalized and engraved money clip and a VIP parking spot in the TPC Sawgrass parking lot throughout the week.

He joined up with Varner III in early 2021 and the pair went on to taste success with victory at the 2022 Saudi International, where Varner holed a monster putt from just short of the final green for eagle and the victory.

Harold Varner III and his caddie celebrate at the Saudi International

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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, 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:


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Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5