Who Is Patrick Rodgers' Caddie?

Get to know Patrick Rodgers' caddie, Shane Joel, a little bit better

Rodgers talks to his caddie at the US Open
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Patrick Rodgers enjoyed a hugely successful amateur career. Playing college golf at Standford University, he claimed 11 titles and actually tied the record set by Tiger Woods. In early 2014, he was the number one ranked amateur in world, a position he held for 16 weeks.

Turning professional that year, Rodgers hasn't quite lived up to the college hype, but has still enjoyed a successful career. Here, we get to know his experienced caddie, Shane Joel.

Joel and O'Meara talk at the 2013 US Senior Open Championship

O'Meara and Joel at the 2013 US Senior Open Championship

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Although it is unclear as to when Rodgers and Joel started working together, we believe it was around the start of 2022, with the experienced caddie previously working with the likes of Mark O'Meara.

Such was the good work that Joel did with O'Meara that the Australian was actually linked with Tiger Woods. This came after the 15-time Major winner fired long time caddie, Steve Williams.

Speaking in 2011, O’Meara, Woods’ friend, made the recommendation of Joel, with Woods stating: “There's nobody I've committed to. Mark was nice enough to talk to me about it and said that Shane is available if I so choose. But going to this major championship, I'm focused on this. After this event, I'll sit down and really look at it hopefully going to the playoffs.”

Choic with Joel at the 2012 US Women's Open

Na Yeon Choi of South Korea celebrates her four-stroke victory with Joel at the 2012 US Women's Open

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Attending South Brisbane University, Joel holds a handicap of 4, with the Australian playing cricket when he grew up. Along with caddying for O'Meara, he notes his highlights as caddying for Major winners on both the LPGA and Champions Tour.

Matt studied Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2019. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly and the PGA, he covers all aspects of the game, from Tour news to equipment testing and buyers’ guides. Taking up the game at the age of six, Matt currently holds a handicap of 3 and despite not having a hole in one…yet, he has had two albatrosses. His favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.