Who is John Daly’s Caddie? Meet Peter Van Der Riet

Published 05/26/2022, 3:42 PM EDT

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The American professional golfer John Daly is one of the most popular golfers in the country. From his iconic win at the 1991 PGA Championship to the infamous man who doesn’t drink water, there isn’t a thing that the golf world doesn’t know about him; except, of course, his caddie. But that changes today.

Peter Van Der Riet has been Daly’s caddie for almost two decades now. Interestingly, the golfer had once fired him during a rain break at the PODS Championship. However, it was to make Tampa Bay Buccaneers Coach Jon Gruden carry his bag. And to date, Daly and van Der Riet are working together. 


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Let’s find out more about Peter Van Der Riet, the long-time caddie of Daly, who has stood with him through thick and thin. 

Who is Peter Van Der Riet?

Born in South Africa, Peter Van Der Riet used to be a professional golfer. He has even played on the European Tour from 1986 to 1992, but failed to win any tournament there. However, he has won three championship titles on the South African Tour. 

Later, he taught golf at his brother’s golf school before deciding to try caddying on the PGA Tour. Van Der Riet first caddied for fellow South African golfer Deane Pappas for a year, and Brenden Pappas, Deane’s brother, the following year. 


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Van Der Riet started caddying for Daly in 2003, and the golfer won Kolon Korean Open the second week the South African began carrying his bag. Notably, Daly and Van Der Riet have played together in South Africa. And they had been friends for 20 years before they began to work together. 

Was Peter Van Der Riet caddying for John Daly when he won his first major title? 

John Daly won his first major at the 1991 PGA Championship. Notably, he won it as a Tour rookie and was only added to the field as the ninth and final alternative. 


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Peter Van Der Riet started working for Daly in 2003, and he wasn’t the caddie when he won his first major. Jeff ‘Squeaky’ Medlin, who has famously caddied for Nick Price, carried the bag for Daly when he won the PGA Championship in 1991

Meanwhile, Van Der Riet and Daly have won two titles on the PGA and International Tour. They have also won the 2017 Insperity Invitational on the PGA Tour Champions. Recently, Van Der Riet caddied for the 2-time major winning champion at the Southern Hills for the 2022 PGA Championship. 


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Although they haven’t won many titles together, they sure do share a special bond with each other. What do you think about their relationship? 

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Anjana Prabhakaran

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Anjana Prabhakaran is a Golf content writer at EssentiallySports. She has completed her Master's degree in Public Administration and considers researching as one of her hobbies. As her family is interested in sports, Anjana grew up watching every sport on television.

Edited By: Melroy Fernandes