Meet some of the longest-standing and successful player/caddie duos on the LPGA

There’s turnover every season when it comes to player-caddie partnerships on the LPGA, particularly at the start of the year. World No. 1 Lydia Ko has changed caddies regularly throughout her career, including this season, despite having an enormously strong 2022.

Minjee Lee, who won a couple majors in the past two years, will begin 2023 with a new looper after enjoying much success with veteran Jason Gilroyed.

Plenty more players have made changes, but there are a number who have stood the test of time. While not by any means exhaustive, here’s a list of players and caddies who have found a good rhythm and seem to be in it for the long haul:

Inbee Park/Brad Beecher

Inbee Park of South Korea waits with her caddie Brad Beecher during the final round of the HSBC Women’s Champions on the Tanjong Course at Sentosa Golf Club on March 5, 2017 in Singapore. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Certainly one of the most successful player/caddie partnerships in LPGA history, Brad Beecher has been on Inbee Park’s bag almost since the beginning. He was by her side when she won her first major at the 2008 U.S. Women’s Open and for the six that followed. Park’s husband has, on occasion, filled in for Beecher, but they’ve been one of the greatest teams on tour for 15 years.

With Park now out on maternity leave, Beecher began the year on Danielle Kang’s bag.

Stacy Lewis/Travis Wilson

Stacy Lewis (R) of the US, leaps into “Poppie’s Pond” with caddy Travis Wilson after winning the LPGA Kraft Nabisco Championship, at the Mission Hills Country Club in Palm Springs, California on April 3, 2011. Lewis finished at 13 under par and second place went to Yani Tseng of Taiwan. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON

Tammie Green, the 1987 LPGA Rookie of the Year, phoned her 19-year-old nephew in the summer of ’93 and asked if he wanted to fill in as her caddie for one week. Wilson, a college golfer, obliged and the next thing he knew they’d finished fourth in a major and won the Rochester International.

Fast forward three decades later, and Wilson has enjoyed a long and successful career with 13-time winner and former No. 1 Stacy Lewis. He first worked for the Arkansas standout in the fall of 2008 before she went to LPGA Q-School and picked up her bag full-time after she earned her card.

Brooke Henderson/Brittany Henderson

Brooke Henderson of Canada and her sister & caddie Brittany (L), walk up the 18th fairway to applause from the crowd during the final round of the CP Womens Open at the Wascana Country Club on August 26, 2018 in Regina, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Brittany Henderson, older sister of Brooke, played collegiate golf at Coastal Carolina and had a brief stint on what’s now the Epson Tour before turning her focus toward Brooke’s career. Brittany has been on the bag for her sister for all but one of her 13 LPGA victories. And that one was a big one.

Because Brittany was in the field for the 2015 Cambia Portland Classic, Brooke signed up for Monday qualifying. If Brooke didn’t get in, she planned to caddie for her sister. Brooke not only qualified, she pounded the field in Portland by eight strokes, becoming only the second player in tour history to win an event after Monday qualifying.

The rest, as they say, is history.

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Jin Young Ko/David Brooker

Jin Young Ko of Korea poses for a photo with her caddie David Brooker and the Rolex Player of the Year trophy after winning the CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburon Golf Club on November 21, 2021 in Naples, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

One of the most decorated veteran caddies on tour, David Brooker first started working for Jin Young Ko at the start of the 2019 season. They won four times together that season, including two majors. Prior to Ko, Brooker was by Lorena Ochoa’s side for the majority of her LPGA Hall of Fame career.

Ko begins her 2023 season next week in Thailand.

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Nelly Korda/Jason McDede

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Nelly Korda and her caddie Jason McDede pose with the trophy at the 2021 Meijer LPGA Classic at Blythefield Country Club in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Former No. 1 Nelly Korda and Jason McDede have been working together since the start of the 2018 season. Jason is married to LPGA player Caroline Masson, who is currently on maternity leave. The couple are expecting their first child in May. 

The couple made headlines in 2019 when Korda and Masson faced each other in a playoff in Tawain.

“It was a little funny,” Masson said. “I’m quite happy to see them win. I’m proud of them and proud of the two of them, the way they work together, and, hopefully, I get another chance to beat them down the stretch the next few years.”

Amy Olson/Taneka Mackey

Amy Olson (R) chats with her caddie during the third round of the ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer on the Bay Course at Seaview Hotel and Golf Club on October 03, 2020 in Galloway, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael Cohen/Getty Images)

Amy Olson first hired Taneka Mackey (nee Sandiford) as a local caddie on Paradise Island more than six years ago at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic. Mackey was coaching at Redlands Community College in El Reno, Oklahoma. Olson asked if she’d like to come out on the road for a few events, and in 2018 it was pretty much a full-time gig for Mackey, except for the handful of events Olson’s brother worked.

Mackey has credited Olson’s strong faith with helping her face a diagnosis of multiple sclerosis several years ago.

Ashleigh Buhai/Tanya Paterson

Ashleigh Buhai of South Africa celebrates after playing her putt shot on the 11th hole with her caddie during Day Two of the AIG Women’s Open at Muirfield on August 05, 2022 in Gullane, Scotland. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

Ashleigh Buhai and Tanya Paterson have worked together for three years, with their biggest year coming in 2022. Buhai broke through with her first LPGA title, a major, at the AIG Women’s British Open at Muirfield. Buhai’s husband, David, worked for her right up until they got married.

Why the sudden change?

“Some people say it might be good to stay married,” said Ashleigh (formerly Simon), smiling.

Paterson’s husband, Mike, is a longtime caddie on the LPGA, working long stints for major champions Karrie Webb and So Yeon Ryu. He currently works for Emily Kristine Pedersen.

Sei Young Kim/Paul Fusco

Sei-Young Kim of Korea and her caddie, Paul Fusco, pose with the Rolex Player of the Year trophy after the final round of the CME Group Tour Championship at Tiburon Golf Club on December 20, 2020 in Naples, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

After caddying for four of Vijay Singh’s PGA Tour victories as well several others, Paul Fusco moved over to the LPGA. In 2014, Fusco helped Sei Young Kim earn her LPGA card at qualifying school and has been with the South Korean player for the entirety of her career on tour.

A 12-time winner on the LPGA, Kim won the KPMG Women’s PGA in 2020 with Fusco.

Nasa Hataoka/Gregory Johnston

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – APRIL 23: Nasa Hataoka of Japan reacts with her caddie on the fourth green during the third round of the DIO Implant LA Open at Wilshire Country Club on April 23, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)

Nasa Hataoka began working with veteran caddie Greg Johnston back in 2019. The pair started their fifth season together last month at the Hilton Grand Vacations Tournament of Champions, where the Japanese star finished fifth. Hataoka, 24, is a six-time winner on the LPGA, with her most recent victory coming at the 2022 DIO Implant LA Open.

Johnston, who enjoyed a long and successful stint with LPGA Hall of Famer Juli Inkster, caddied for Michelle Wie West early on in her professional career.

Ally Ewing/Dan Chapman

Ally McDonald poses with her parents and caddie as she holds the winner’s trophy after winning the 2020 LPGA Drive On Championship at Reynolds Lake Oconee on October 25, 2020 in Greensboro, Georgia. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)

Veteran caddie Dan Chapman first began working with former Mississippi State standout Ally Ewing in the spring of 2017 at the Bank of Hope Founders Cup. Together they’ve won three times on the LPGA since 2020.

Aditi Ashok/Ashok Gudlamani

Aramco Saudi Ladies International Presented By Public Investment Fund, Royal Greens Golf & Country Club, King Abdullah Economic City, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. 16-19 February. Aditi Ashok of India during the first round. Credit: Tristan Jones/ LET

Aditi Ashok is off to a hot start in 2023 with her father, Ashok Gudlamani, on the bag. After winning the Ladies European Tour’s season opener in Kenya, she finished third in Morocco and now leads at the midway point at the Aramco Saudi Ladies International.

A four time winner on the LET, Ashok had her father on the bag in the 2016 Olympic Games and her mother, Maheshwari Ashok, on the bag at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Austin Ernst/Drew Ernst

Austin Ernst of the United States stands on the sixth hole tee during the first round of The Chevron Championship at The Westin Mission Hills Golf Resort & Spa on March 31, 2022 in Rancho Mirage, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Drew Ernst played collegiate golf at Coastal Carolina before focusing on helping sister Austin’s career. Austin, now a three-time winner on the LPGA, last won in the spring of 2021.

With Austin sidelined with a neck injury, Drew worked for former Stanford star Andrea Lee, who won last year in Portland, eight years after Austin won at the same venue.

Chella Choi/Ji Yeon Choi

Chella Choi and her father caddie Ji Yeon Choi of South Korea line up a putt on the 10th green during the first round of the LPGA LOTTE Championship at the Ko Olina Golf Club on April 11, 2018 in Kapolei, Hawaii. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Ji Yeon Choi always said that he’d stop caddying for his daughter after she won on the LPGA. It took Chella 157 starts to get it done in a playoff against Ha Na Jang. But Choi’s father, a former police officer, kept carrying the clubs.

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