Two years ago, Michael Greller was a sixth grade teacher in the Seattle, Washington area. Today he is the caddie of Jordan Spieth and would rank — if Spieth and Greller use the standard caddie compensation structure on the PGA Tour — 93rd on the tour in year-to-date earnings among golfers. But he’s not a golfer. He’s a caddie.
His earnings are roughly $867,000 in 2015, more than 159 PGA Tour members.
From Business Insider:
In 19 events so far this season, Spieth has 12 top-10 finishes and five wins, including the Masters and US Open. That has added up to $9.7 million in winnings and $8.7 million on the official Tour money list. The latter is more than twice as much as anybody else on the Tour this season, and already more than any golfer has ever won on the regular portion of the PGA Tour schedule.
Caddies are traditionally paid 5% of the prize money for making a cut, 7% for finishing in the top 10, and 10% for winning a tournament according to Golf Digest’s “undercover pro.” If Spieth is using the same structure, his success on the golf course this season translates to a share of $866,534 for Greller.
Guy’s gonna cruise right past a cool mill this season unless Spieth is sidelined or forgets how to make a cut.
Throw in the fact that he spends much of his life jet-setting around the world in a PJ, rubbing elbows with the biggest names in golf, and gets more free Under Armour swag than he can shake his dick at, and it’s clear that Greller has a pretty sweet gig. .
[via Business Insider]
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