Jordan Spieth's caddie made more money than Tiger Woods did on the course this year, and not just a little bit more.
Caddie Michael Greller benefited from Spieth's winning year — the golfer was recently named PGA Player of the Year — by a lot, according to Kyle Porter of CBS Sports.
"How much golfers pay their caddies is often a moving target, but we're going to work with some conservative numbers here. The standard is 5 percent of what a player makes for a made cut, 7 percent for a top-10 finish, and 10 percent for a win," he wrote.
The CBS writer estimated that Greller made about $1.2 million, excluding the FedEx Cup bonus, which could have added $1 million to the paycheck.
In 2015, Tiger Woods made $448,598, Porter said. Of course, that total doesn't include what he made off the golf course, but it still makes a point. Forbes reported that Woods made $50.5 million
during the year.
"At this point, it seems like we really may never see the Tiger of old again unless we watch his exploits of years past," Sportsnaut opined
Many comments on Sportsnaut indicated they thought the article was a cheap shot at Tiger.
"The caddy also made more than me, the writer, and virtually everyone who read this. What's your point? Tiger didn't play most of the time, and he still made $400,000. The poor guy," one person wrote, adding a frowning emoji to his comment.
Others pointed out what Tiger did for the game of golf.
"You have to realize most of the Tiger critics aren't or haven't been real golf fans and really know very little of the history and reality of Golf over the past two decades. Much less going back to Arnie (Palmer) and Jacks (Nicklaus) days. Very few really understand what Tiger did for the game and as a player for statistics . . . Realizing how difficult it is to do what Tiger or Jack did is a lack of understanding," one person wrote on Porter's article.
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