Kessler Karain is Patrick Reed’s caddie and his brother-in-law. Karain left his job in medical sales to take on the role. Karain’s sister, Justine, who is married to Reed, used to caddie for the pro-golfer.
Karain is currently at Augusta National as Reed competes in the Masters Tournament.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. He Became Reed’s Caddie in 2014 & Took Over the Gig From His Sister, Justine
Karain’s older sister is Justine, who happens to be Patrick Reed’s wife. Shortly after Reed proposed to Justine, she became his caddie, leaving her full-time job as a nurse to do so.
“If you had told me with all the work I put into my nursing degree I’d be doing this, I wouldn’t have believed you. When I told my Dad, he was like, ‘You’re doing what?’” Karain previously told the Washington Post.
After tying the knot, Justine decided to retire from her career as a caddie, and Reed offered the job to her brother.
“He’s worked the majors. The Presidents Cup in Seoul. And the Rio Olympics. Karain was also in Scotland for the 2014 Ryder Cup, and he was mesmerized by the event. ‘I thought it was so awesome,’ he said, ‘and we lost. I wondered how great this thing would be if I was on the winning side,’” according to Express News.
Although he didn’t have any experience working as a caddie, Karain has learned a lot over the past several years.
“Just like some people are feel-golfers. I’m more a feel-putt reader. Some greens are mapped, and there’s a lot of information out there, but I don’t want to be reliant on that. I want my instincts to stay sharp,” he told Express News back in 2016.
2. He Is Among the Highest-Paid Caddies on the PGA Tour
In mid 2017, Forbes reported that Karain was among the highest-earning caddies in professional golf. The financial publication took what they know about the traditional caddie pay structure and applied it to the PGA’s top-earning players for a 12-month period.
“Caddies traditionally were paid via a 5%, 7%, 10% formula based on whether the player made the cut, finished top 10 or won the event. But today, most established players pay their caddies 8% of total winnings and 10% for a win, according to golf insiders, although the actual terms of a contract can vary. We applied this formula as a basis for caddie earnings between June 2016 and June 2017 for the top players on the Tour,” the Forbes story reads.
Karain was fifth on the list for that time period, behind Rory McIlroy’s caddie, J.P Fitzgerald, Dustin Johnson’s caddie (and brother), Austin Johnson, Hideki Matsuyama’s caddie, Daisuke Shindo, and Jordan Spieth’s caddie, Michael Greller. Forbes estimated that Karain earned more than $610,000 over that span.
In addition to the money he earns caddying for his brother-in-law, Karain is also a brand ambassador for Bushnell Golf and Blenders Eyewear.
3. He Graduated From the University of Texas-San Antonio & Used to Work in Medical Sales
Karain graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2011, with bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. According to his LinkedIn account, he had a 3.65 GPA his senior year and made the Dean’s List in the Spring 2011 semester.
After graduation, Karain got a job selling medical equipment for Medtronic, a company located in San Antonio, Texas.
“Educate, promote, and sell the benefits of Insulin Pump Therapy and Continuous Glucose Monitoring systems to patients, and Registered nurses.Responsible for communicating goals for the day, week, month to entire team. Provide exceptional customer service and memorable experience to every patient, doctors office, and insurance company by building rapport and exceeding expectations,” reads a few of his job responsibilities.
Karain played golf in his spare time, and was previously referred to as a “weekend golfer” by Express News. When he received Reed’s offer to become his caddie, he accepted the job and hasn’t looked back.
4. He Is Dating Keith Gorton
Karain is dating Keith Gorton. Last year, the couple added a new addition to their family — a pup they named Gus.
“Its a boy !! New addition to our fur family !! Love at first sight,” Gorton posted on Instagram. Her social media page is filled with photos of the new pup, which looks like a Yorkshire terrier. Gorton is also a mom to Yorkies Sophie and Izzy, both of whom have made frequent appearances on her Instagram page.
It’s unknown what Gorton does for a living, but her social media bio says that she “loves animals and golf.” She has often traveled with Karain as he caddies for Reed.
5. He Is a Gun Enthusiast & Often Posts About Firearms on Social Media
Karain is a gun enthusiast. His Instagram is filled with photos like the one above.
Source: Heavy Sports