Where does the term caddie come from?

The word caddie comes from the French word cadet.

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In the 17th century the Scottish word “caddie” or “cawdy” was derived from the French word cadet. The meaning of cadet in both French and English is “a student military officer.”

There is no rule on the PGA Tour that says professional golfers must employ a caddie. But having one definitely comes with benefits.

The biggest responsibilities of a caddy are to carry the golf bag, help with club selection and give moral support. The best of them also spend considerable time learning about each course, the pin positions of the day, and the best ways to play each hole.

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