Zack Rasego, Branden Grace’s Caddie: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Zack Rasego caddies for Branden Grace. (Getty)

Zack Rasego caddies for Branden Grace. (Getty)

Zack Rasego and Branden Grace have been making some noise on the golf course.

The caddie-golfer combo have won 3 times since December 2014 between the European Tour and Sunshine Tour.

The two had a career, award-winning year together in 2012.

And like his boss, Rasego is from South Africa. Rasego is from Rustenburg, one of the official host cities of the 2010 World Cup.

Here’s what you need to know about Rasego:


1. Rasego Caddies for Brandon Grace

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As mentioned above, both Rasego and Grace are South African natives.

Grace is from Pretoria, Rasego the North West Province of the country.

Rasego, 52, has been caddying since he was a teenager, getting an early chance at carrying bags for South African legend Gary Player on the European Tour.

Grace hired Rasego when the young golfer was going through the European Tour Qualifying School.

They have experienced tremendous success since.



2. Rasego Was the 2012 Caddie of the Year

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Rasego and Grace had a breakthrough year in 2012, winning 4 European Tour events and 1 Sunshine Tour tournament.

For his efforts, Rasego was named the HSBC Caddie of the Year.

Grace told ESPN then:

Zack obviously has a lot of victories and experience. He’s definitely helped me around the corners and the edges. He’s been a big help.



3. He Used to Caddie for Louis Oosthuizen

Rasego and Oosthuizen. (Getty)

Rasego and Oosthuizen. (Getty)

Rasego began caddying for fellow South African Louis Oosthuizen around 2003.

With the experienced Rasego on the bag, Oosthuizen’s game steadily improved over time and he climbed the world rankings.

Oosthuizen got his first professional win in the European Tour’s Open de Andalucia de Golf in March 2010.



4. Rasego & Oosthuizen Won the 2010 British Open … After He Fired the Caddie

The Oosthuizen and Rasego union had appeared to come to an end on the Monday before the 2010 British Open at St. Andrews.

Oosthuizen informed his longtime caddie the Open was their last event together.

So, what happened at St. Andrews?

With a healthy lead on Sunday and the Claret Jug within grasp, Oosthuizen and Rasego walked over the famous Swilcan Bridge and the golfer told his caddie he wasn’t going to be fired after all.

The two eventually separated in 2011.



5. Gary Player Saw the Potential In Rasego

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Rasego grew up about 10 miles from the Gary Player Country Club. After school Rasego would run to the club to caddie.

Rasego was named the club’s Caddie of the Year in 1980. And part of the winning prize was caddying for Player himself.

Player has been quoted of saying about Rasego:

Zack was a quick learner and someone who had a great eye for the job.

Grace knows that first-hand.