Meet Ryan Goble: Will Zalatoris' Caddie

Will Zalatoris is a budding star on the PGA tour. His masterful performance at the 2022 Farmers Insurance Open put his entire skill set on full display. Zalatoris posted a 72-hole score of 15 under par (-15). This was due to a missed putt on the 18th that just slipped slightly left at the end. The most bizarre of events came afterward when Zalatoris entered a playoff with Luke List to declare a winner. Both players found the same bunker and were within inches of each other. After List had played his shot, it was time for Will Zalatoris and his caddie to repair the lie as closely as possible to its original state. Zalatoris’ caddie put on a great display of steady hands by raking within, what seemed like centimeters of Zalatoris’ ball without touching it. Though Zalatoris didn’t win in the end, we know that we’ll see him in contention again soon, as long as he continues to get sound advice from his caddie. Let’s get to Will Zalatoris’ caddie.

Who is Will Zalatoris’ Caddie?

Will Zalatoris’ caddie is Ryan Goble. Goble’s background is unlike many of the caddies on the PGA Tour. Ryan Goble grew up playing a lot of basketball. He was the captain of his high school basketball team, he lettered as a shooting guard at College of Sequoias where he was also captain, and he later coached the Exeter High School boys basketball team to the Division III Championship. His road to becoming Will Zalatoris’ caddie started when he became the assistant coach for the UCLA Bruins men’s golf team. Goble has caddied on tour for a number of years and has been on a winning bag before, so we know he knows his stuff. That win came when Goble caddied for John Merrick. It was this relationship that later led Ryan Goble to becoming Will Zalatoris’ caddie.

When did Ryan Goble start caddying for Will Zalatoris?

Ryan Goble became Will Zalatoris’ caddie long before the PGA tour. The two had a great run on the Korn ferry tour, where Zalatoris finished number one just before making his way to the PGA tour. Since Zalatoris turned pro in 2018, we can assume that Ryan Goble has been caddying for him for at least 3 years. This partnership came about because John Merrick's, who Goble previously caddied for, agent reached out about a young player with massive potential. Though it took a few tries, Goble did well to answer that call because Zalatoris has been rapidly building a name for himself on the PGA tour, with a couple of 2nd place finishes and a host of top 10s. We expect to see Zalatoris break into the winner’s circle with Goble on his bag at some point in the near future.

How much does Ryan Goble, Will Zalatoris’ caddie, make a year?

Because a caddie’s pay is based solely on the player’s performance, we can expect annual pay to fluctuate quite a bit. To determine how much Ryan Goble made while caddying for Will Zalatoris in 2021, we’ll use the formula most tour players use for paying their caddies: 5% of earnings if the player places outside the top 10, 7% if the player finishes within the top 10, and 10% if the player finishes in 1st place. Based on this information, Ryan Goble should have made close to $260,552 while caddying for Zalatoris in 2021.

Here's the breakdown of how much money Rob Goble made in 2021 caddying for Will Zalatoris

Tournament

Finish

Will Zalatoris' Earnings

% of Winnings

Ryan Goble's Earnings

U.S. Open (2020)

6

$429,951

7%

$30,097

Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship (2020)

8

$117,000

5%

$8,190

Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

5

$287,000

5%

$20,090

Bermuda Championship

16

$61,000

5%

$3,050

Mayakoba Golf Classic presented by UNIFIN

52

$17,208

7%

$860

Farmers Insurance Open

7

$235,625

7%

$16,494

Waste Management Phoenix Open

17

$104,025

5%

$5,201

AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am

55

$18,096

7%

$905

The Genesis Invitational

15

$151,125

7%

$7,556

World Golf Championships-Workday Championship at The Concession

22

$100,833

7%

$5,042

Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard

10

$195,300

5%

$13,671

THE PLAYERS Championship

21

$183,750

5%

$9,188

World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play

28

$75,000

7%

$3,750

Masters Tournament (2021)

2

$1,242,000

5%

$86,940

RBC Heritage

42

$24,495

7%

$1,225

AT&T Byron Nelson

17

$119,475

5%

$5,974

PGA Championship

8

$263,000

5%

$18,410

Charles Schwab Challenge

59

$16,875

5%

$844

Rocket Mortgage Classic

77

$14,325

5%

$716

 World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational

8

$290,000

5%

$20,300

Wyndam Championship

29$41,0135%$2,051

Grand Total

24

$3,987,086 

6%

$260,553 

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