Check this out
The FedEx Cup is such a staple within golf now that it feels slightly odd to look back and think of a time when it wasn’t.
The central reason for its rapid rise in popularity is simple: Money. The winner of the FedEx Cup – which almost always coincides with the winner of the season-ending Tour Championship – snags a $10 million dollar bonus prize. That’s obviously a lot of money, even for already-wealthy PGA Tour players, and like prize fighters slugging it out for a big payday, it’s more than enough to make them care.
I had a wedding to pay for, said defending champion Rory McIlroy before this year’s event. We’re just renovating a house, so that’s going to take up a bit of that, as well. Wouldn’t mind winning it again.
What’s often overlooked, though, is how big a deal this is for caddies. Caddies get a cut of about 10 percent of their players’ winnings. Factor-in the FedEx Cup (which players usually assign a cut to their caddies) and that’s an extra million dollars on the line.
Billy Horschel left his caddie speechless after his 2014 FedEx Cup win, viaGolfweek:
When caddie Micah Fugitt learned of his boss’ goodwill a $1 million bonus he was speechless.
Shock, happiness, joy, said Fugitt, who will set up college funds for his two children. You have such a wide range of emotions.
Jordan Spieth did the same in 2015:
What it allows me to do is, it allows me to now even more so, take care of the people that have given me this position and allowed this to happen. Like I always say, it is a team effort. A lot of behind the scenes work goes in when we’re at home, when we’re in the early stages and on course here. The bonus that comes with the FedExCup Championship trophy allows me to now take care of even more so, our team and to keep them wanting to come back to me.
But it was Rory’s caddie who had the best response of all, via CNN:
J.P. Fitzgerald wasdelighted with his 10% shareof his boss’s winnings.
I think his words were, ‘A tsunami just hit my bank account, so thank you very much,’ McIlroy told reporters at a subsequent event in China.
Like share or tag someone. Comment below