It's a subject that has prompted much debate on social media this weekend.
Should caddies receive Olympic medals, too?
Ian Poulter, Europe's Ryder Cup talisman is in no doubt that they should.
Poulter, 45, reckons that the loopers of those who finished inside the medals in Olympic golf competitions should receive a medal of their own and, replying to a tweet from PGA Tour winner Max Homa on the subject, the Englishman made his feelings known.
1000 % they should… that’s what frustrates me with this.— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) July 31, 2021
However, not everybody agrees, amongst them the man who masterminded Europe's victory in the most recent Ryder Cup - Denmark's Thomas Bjorn.
How does people feel about this?— Thomas Bjørn (@thomasbjorngolf) July 31, 2021
I disagree… https://t.co/cM0UpBH1WS
That prompted some back-and-forth between Poulter and Bjorn.
Does a Coxman get a medal. ?— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) July 31, 2021
He doesn’t have to stand on the podium, just get recognized that they have helped win the medal would be nice.
Caddies themselves also seem split on the issue.
Dominic Bott, who caddied for Thorbjorn Olesen in the 2018 Ryder Cup, is firmly in the "give them a medal" camp.
"If the cox in rowing gets one so should a caddie," he reasoned.
However, two of the men whose players won medals in Rio 2016 disagree.
John Wood, who helped Matt Kuchar win bronze five years ago, wrote this:
Appreciate the caddie love Max & would expect that from you! I https://t.co/HztPNwSHBl Olympic medal is a lifetime achievement 4 one who committed, sacrificed,through injury and failure since childhood for the chance at a medal. An Olympic medal should be for the athletes alone.— John wood (@Johnwould) August 1, 2021
Meanwhile, Mark Fulcher, who was by Justin Rose's side as he claimed gold in Brazil, added this:
100% disagree as well …. The day one of us hits an actual shot … then maybe.. until then .. NO !! https://t.co/x6GMzFxVy0— Dick fulchers lad (@Fooch1993) July 31, 2021
We asked our follower to vote on this very matter on our Twitter account. For what it's worth, here's the response:
There's a lot of chat about this today so let's put it to a vote...— bunkered (@BunkeredOnline) July 31, 2021
If a golfer win a medal at the #Olympics, should their caddie get one too?