The 10 Highest-Paid Caddies On Tour

The 10 Highest-Paid Caddies On Tour

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In the bustling world of professional golf, 2023 proved to be a lucrative year for caddies, with earnings soaring to remarkable heights.

Beyond the thrill of victories and top-tier finishes, a deeper dive into the financial realm reveals intriguing dynamics.

Typically, caddies receive a solid $2,500 weekly base fee, complemented by a 10% share for wins and 7% for non-win situations, not to be overlooked are additional revenue streams like endorsements.

Join us as we uncover the top looper earners of 2023.

Harry Diamond

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Player: Rory McIlroy – Earnings: $2,555,000.

Best friend turned co-worker, turned wealthiest caddy on tour. Harry Diamond has been caddying for Rory McIlroy since 2017.

Ted Scott

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Player: Scottie Scheffler – Earnings: $1,650,000.

So far, 2024 has proven to be highly profitable for Ted Scott, Scheffler’s caddie since 2022. He has amassed an impressive estimated earnings of $1.4 million through APRIL putting him near his total earnings from 2023.

Sam Pinfold

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Player: Cameron Smith – Earnings: $1,025,000.

Pinfold met Cameron Smith at the New Zealand Open. When Pinfold’s player missed the cut, Smith invited him to caddy. Smith’s stellar performance cemented their player-caddy relationship since 2015.

Austin Kaiser

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Player: Xander Schauffele – Earnings: $985,000.

Former San Diego State Aztec teammate and buddy of Schauffele has been on his bag for the past 6 years.

Joe LaCava

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Player: Patrick Cantlay – Earnings: $895,000.

LaCava, Tiger Woods’ caddie since 2011, opted to depart following Woods’ recent ankle surgery. In 2023, LaCava joined Cantlay as his caddie.

Jim “Bones” MacKay

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Player: Justin Thomas – Earnings: $815,000.

While Jim MacKay caddied alongside Thomas to a lucrative 2023, they have since parted ways, just before the 2024 Masters. Now on the bag for Thomas is caddy Matt Minister.

Joel Stock

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Player: Will Zalatoris – Earnings: $760,000.

Joining alongside Zalatoris at the 2022 FedEx Cup playoffs, he has been his looper since, helping him to his lone victory at the 2022 FedEx St Jude Championship.

Travis Perkins

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Player: Sam Burns – Earnings: $725,000.

Since teaming up in 2019, Sam Burns and Travis Perkins have enjoyed remarkable success, clinching five PGA Tour victories and securing a spot on the 2023 US Ryder Cup team.

Billy Foster

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Player: Matt Fitzpatrick – Earnings: $640,000.

Since joining forces in 2018 after parting ways with Lee Westwood, Foster and Fitzpatrick have achieved significant success, highlighted by their victory at the US Open in Brookline, Fitzpatrick’s first Major title. Foster’s impact was evident at the 2022 PGA Championship, where Fitzpatrick credited him for patience, crucial in tough conditions.

Paul Tesori

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Player: Cameron Young – Earnings: $565,000.

Tesori was on the bag for Cameron Young up until the end of the 2023 year, amassing more than half a million dollars in that time. Since, Young has brought on Wayne de Haas to take over caddie duties.