Posted 12 February 2019 - 11:05 AM
Is there any more of a "modern day" drama than this story. Person agrees to take a job for a dollar amount $XX, then when outside people feel that "you are really getting screewed by doing that job for $XX" and start screaming you should be upset, especially on the anonymity of social media. The person then forgets that I freely entered into this arrangement and takes on the mob's mentality of, hey I deserve more than WHAT I AGREED TO DO THE JOB FOR.
I worked in sales management for a start up company in an industry that was known for its "lucrative" pay. As a typical start up, we didn't have the ability to offer industry avg pay in the beginning, so we targeted people with sales experience but not industry experience, and offered them a "fair salary" for that level of expertise. Inevitably after a few months of being in the field and talking with their competitors about pay/bonuses etc, the grumbling started, "Im not paid enough, company X,Y, and Z are paying this much more." Remember when you said in interview that you were just looking for opportunity to get into our industry, remember when I called and offered you the job and that it was for this salary and you accepted??? Sure we lost some people after they got their 24-36 months experience but our model enabled us to grow to a mid sized player in our industry and steadily raised our pay accordingly.
Apply that to this scenario, a local club caddie filling in for an established Tour caddie is akin to a substitute teacher filling in for a teacher on week long vacation. You show up for same amount of hours and are physically doing similar tasks as the career teacher but what "value" have you brought to the kids in classroom? Same for a local caddie, you carry a heavy bag, maybe pull/replace the flag a few times but that's about it. An established Tour caddie is so much more than a bag toter and pin holder. Everything from yardage provider, knowing difference in a 1/2 club wind vs a 1,2,3 club wind, knowing when to keep up and shut up vs giving my guy a little pep talk, crowd control and on and on.
I'm sure we probably have a few Tour caddies that have eyes here, I'm sure they could weigh in and provide what their view is of the service they provide for a player vs what a club caddie filling in for a week provides. I would venture to guess that part of the reasons for paying the extra % of increased winnings isn't just about, hey we had a good week, so here is some extra cash. But, hey I know that life on road with me out here is hard on you and your family, the missed birthdays, ball games,dance recitals etc....so here is 5% bonus for our T-5 this week, or 10% of our win. Or why some top tier guys, as we hear from time to time, just pay their caddie a flat fee for the year.
Substitute teachers don't get a career teachers pay for filling in for a week, so what was fair for caddie sub? $3000 was offered and ACCEPTED, but what is fair for the unspecified % of winnings???? "More than $3k but less than $130k." Who knows where that falls in each of their minds, but playing it out in this manner is a lose/lose proposition for both of them. The caddie will get more bags at the resort but I dare say, will not ever be inside ropes again for Tour event and the subsequent pay day. Matt has taken a hit as to how "fans" perceive him(look no further than this thread), time will tell if that will cost him actual endorsement dollars.
Turning down $15,000 on principal is fine if you are a single guy...but as article says, with a common law wife and at least 1 daughter that was mentioned, "making a point" here was pretty silly and selfish.