CHAMPIONS: Luke Reardon with Jason Day at the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, North Carolina.
CHAMPIONS: Luke Reardon with Jason Day at the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, North Carolina. Contributed

Caddying all in a Day's work

Golf: Being best friends with a former world number one golfer definitely has its perks. It's meant Stanthorpe's Luke Reardon has been able to travel the world as Jason Day's caddie.

Reardon travelled to Scotland, the Bahamas, Korea and America alongside Day in 2018.

"We had our first win which was in North Carolina in Charlotte for the Wells Fargo Championship,” Reardon said.

"I did my first majors in Scotland in St Louis.”

The two go way back to when they were room-mates at the Hills International School in Jimboomba, just south of Brisbane.

"We used to do everything in our daily schedule together, from stretching to playing.

"We all knew the same things, I got taught exactly the same as Jason got taught.

"When he decided to change from his old caddie, he asked me and I said I'd do it in a heartbeat.”

Reardon's role as caddie means he's documenting every shot Day takes.

"How far it goes, with bounce, how much the wind affected it.

"Even when he hits it in the green we'll know exactly how far that ball goes.”

But it's Reardon's role as supporter that is the most important part of the job.

"That's probably why he got his best friend to help out. You don't want to be lonely out there, you have people, your best friends, to push you along.”

Coming face to face with international golfing stars, such as Tiger Woods, is just another day on the job for Reardon.

"I realise every day how lucky I am to do it.

"It feels natural when I'm out there and being friends with Jason, I don't get flustered by other people.

"They're all just human beings and they're all just trying to be out there and do their best.”

However meeting three former presidents, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and George W Bush, at the end of 2017 did leave Reardon a little starstruck.

"All three of them were talking to Jason and I, even Jason said that was pretty damn cool.”

Day trains hard throughout the year while Reardon always makes sure he's over-prepared for tournaments.

Right now they're preparing for the 2019 Masters Tournament played in Augusta, Georgia.

"Only one Australian has ever won it.”

Reardon still keeps to his home roots, helping support the local golf club with a raffle prize late last year.

"Jason was nice enough to donate a bag, he signed it and we got $1200 towards the golf club.

"The golf club has done a lot for this town, I grew up playing there.

"Jason was stoked about the money raised.”

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