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Who is US PGA champion Brooks Koepka's Northern Irish caddy Ricky Elliott?

By Gareth Hanna

Brooks Koepka has won three golfing majors in two seasons - and all with a Northern Irishman on the bag. So just who is his caddy Ricky Elliott?

Is he a handy golfer himself?

Well first of all, Elliott, like a lot of men on PGA Tour bags, isn't too shabby with his own clubs.

He was a successful amateur player in his youth, winning the Ulster Boys' and Ulster Youths' Championships.

Elliott also competed for Ireland in the European Youths Championship in the 1990s alongside Michael Hoey. He played college golf for the University of Toledo in Ohio.

However, on turning pro, he confesses he wasn't overly successful.

 

And he's from Portrush?

Yes, the 41-year-old strengthens the town's self-professed crown as 'the major golf capital of the world'. Will he get his name on the signs now?

He still frequents the links at Royal Portrush, where he played as a boy. His parents Pat and Martha still live in the town and his brother Peter owns a golf shop in Coleraine.

He's been with Brooks for six years now?

Elliott first caddied for Koepka back in 2013 and bucked a trend when he took up the American's bag during the 2016 Ryder Cup.

Terry Holt, Dave Musgrove and Andy Sutton are all English caddies for American golfers who chose not to work during the Ryder Cup. Holt, who worked for Paul Azinger in 1993, opted not to go with him to The Belfry. Musgrove, who worked for Lee Janzen in 1997, was concerned about a conflict of interest so didn't go to Valderrama. And Sutton, who worked for Ben Curtis, did not work for him at Valhalla in 2008.

But nothing would stop Elliott, as he said in the Belfast Telegraph before the matches.

And then came this period of major success. That's been handy for his wallet. If we take the traditional caddy fee of 10% of the winnings, he earned $216,000 for the 2017 US Open success, another $200,000 a year later and now $1.98 for helping Brooks to the 2018 US PGA title.

What about away from golf?

Well one last titbit of information; he's an amateur chiropractor, which came in handy for Koepka at the AT&T Byron Nelson in May.

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