I have had the pleasure of John’s company on many occasions and he never ceases to amuse me with his stories from the years he spent caddying. In future editions I will be sharing with you some incredibly funny stories from his life on the European tour but for now I would just like to introduce you to a man who has lived a life that I still dream of living.
John was Born in Healesville Victoria Australia in 1953. He started caddying in 1987 for Brett Ogle at The Australian Open. In 1988 he came to caddie on The European Tour and during his caddie career amassed fourteen tournament victories. Nine victories were with Ogle, Three with Pierre Fulke, one with Stephen Leaney and one with Damien McGrane.
On the bag of Pierre Fulke, John won the end of season 2000 Volvo Masters at Montecastillo then finished 2nd in The World Matchplay in Melbourne which got the pair into the Ryder Cup team which was cancelled that year because 9/11. John Caddied in the Ryder Cup team under the captaincy of Sam Torrance in 2002 and his player had a putt to win the cup but missed. Two minutes later McGinley holed the winning putt. “I have had many highlights, but winning The Pebble Beach Pro-am 1993 with Ogle and winning The Volvo Masters with Fulke were pretty awesome.”
The last event John caddied at was The Scottish Open 2013. That same year he turned 60 in June, retired in July, got married for the 1st time in September and moved to Sabinillas. “It was a very dramatic change of life but I always loved the area as we came here often for Valderrama and other events and being Aussie I love the warmth.”
Basic career 1987 – 1993 Brett Ogle 1993 – 2005 Pierre Fulke 2005 – 2013 Damien McGrane.