If you have been watching the news lately, I am sure you have caught wind of Tiger’s decision to let his caddie, Steve Williams, go. They had been a pair for over 13 years, and over that time, Stevie has made more money than most of the golfers on tour, without ever having to hit a single ball. Apparently his estimated worth is around $9.8 Million.
Caddies get paid a weekly salary, including weeks where there are no tournaments, and then they receive a percentage of the players earnings, generally around 10% for a win, and 5% for anything else. Tiger Woods won $75 Million while Williams was his caddie, explaining why he became the best paid caddie of all time.
Phil Mickelson explained;
A good caddie is worth one shot a round and when you add that up then it’s the difference between winning and losing a tournament.
Bones not only helps with shot-making and reading putts, but he is great at knowing what to say and when to say it. Having him on my bag is one of the most fortunate things to happen in my life.
I am the one hitting the golf ball, however, I cannot emphasise enough how much this guy has helped me in what has been a great career.
Fred Funk’s Caddie, Mark Long, does more than just carry Fred’s water bottle and clubs. He has devoted his life to the game of golf, and making the PGA yardage books as perfect as possible.
Thank you Mark! Obviously Caddies are a great asset to have in or around your golf bag. I know I couldn’t survive without mine, Sniff. Thank you TOO! He has been with me through thick and thin, on and off the course. He has helped me win, and to create the Rock Bottom Empire!
So whats next for the seperated duo? Williams has already been adopted by Adam Scott, while Tiger hasn’t even been hitting golf balls. There are, however, many who would like to be Tiger’s caddie, even with his recent lackluster performance.
Has Tiger given up? Should he, as one fan suggested, take up mini golf instead? Or should he be out looking for his new star caddie?
***Update*** Tiger has recently just announced that he will playing next week at the bridgestone, where he will be pitted against his former caddie and and Adam Scott; however Tiger will have his new weapon, Byron Bell.