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Here’s how much the caddies will earn at this week’s LIV Golf event



As LIV prepares to start its fourth of eight arranged 2022 events, gambling site has revealed approximate take-home pay not for the players themselves, but for their loopers.

Enough has been written about the supposed amounts offered to players signing up for the alternative series, let alone the hundreds of millions turned down by the likes of Tiger Woods and Hideki Matsuyama, but their bag-men don’t do too bad out if it either. And they aren’t part of growing the game!

In July, several caddies and their employers came out to comment on conditions at the first trio of events.

Colin Byrne, Louis Oosthuizen’s bag-man, was gushing in his praise for the treatment at the initial event, held at the Centurion Club:

“…it has been ‘what can we do for you’ all week. They want to help us and make us happy. It’s been great to be included like this. We’ve been pampered and had nothing but a red-carpet treatment.”

Martin Kaymer’s side-kick, Craig Connelly, was also enthusiastic about the tour, saying, “This week (Centurion) has been just like a Ryder Cup. They flew me down from Glasgow and there was a guy waiting for me at Heathrow. Then they are taking care of us from here to the US Open. And if I was going to another LIV event after that, they would fly me there too.”

Compare that with an anonymous DP World Tour caddie, who spoke to in July.

“As a caddie if you wouldn’t want to go and work for LIV there’s something wrong with you,” he confided. “There isn’t a caddie out there that wouldn’t go and caddie for LIV in a heartbeat. I’m speaking for myself but if I went and asked every caddie on the European Tour, 99.9% would say ‘Yeah I’ll go and caddie on LIV in a heartbeat.’ Who doesn’t want to work less and get paid a shit load of money.”

The figures aren’t that hard to calculate, to be honest. For example, Branden Grace won the LIV Portland and around $4million – a lot of money even for a nine-time European/DP Tour winner and two-time PGA Tour champion.

But his caddie? Cliff Botha, a veteran of the bag used by Miguel Angel-Jiminez amongst many others, saw his bank balance increase by around $4-and-a-half big ones, that extra half earned by being in the winning team. 10% of a lot is a lot.

According to the figures, a winning caddie on the LIV series can earn as much in one week as in a standard season. Scottie Scheffler, according to the official PGA Tour stats, earned just over $14million in prize money in 2022 – 10% of that is less than three times what Botha and his other winning chums claimed at each LIV event.

With the average prize money for the season listed at $1,621,221, it’s no wonder that caddies are going loopy for LIV!

Estimated earnings for LIV caddies according to their man’s finishing position:

1st $400,000

2nd $148,750

3rd $105,000

4th $73,500

5th $68,250

6th $56,000

7th $47,250

8th $43,750

9th $40,600

10th $39,200

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  2. Will

    Sep 3, 2022 at 9:11 pm

    I like it, good for them treating the caddies so good

  3. No Thanks

    Sep 3, 2022 at 6:41 am

    I like how you do “shit load” on here, but bell-end got asterisks. You guys are weird.

  4. Leo

    Sep 2, 2022 at 11:01 am

    LIV is a great option for a lot of people the critics complain it isn’t the best competition but the PGA tour and DP tour are complaining about having to face any competition.Given the chance I’d go to LIV in a second

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Shane Lowry and Justin Thomas take shots at Bryson’s awkward attempt to own viral rope incident



“If you can’t laugh at yourself, then who can you laugh at?”

According to those search engines, both quotes can be attributed to an awful lot of people over the years, including golf legends Payne Stewart and Tiger Woods.

Sometimes, though, others don’t find it as funny.

A week ago, we reported on a viral video from LIV Chicago that showed Bryson DeChambeau losing a battle with one of the gallery ropes .

Despite the histrionics and the supposed loss of vision in one eye, he completed the event at 6-under, and finishing in the top 10.

The incident brought more attention to the tour than anything Chicago winner Cam Smith could do, and the 2020 U.S Open winner probably thought he was onto a winner when recreating the event in a re-run of Bryson v Rope.

In it, the 29-year-old prepares for the challenge like a pro boxer, before ducking under the rope with no personal damage – to the whoops of the ‘onlookers’.

It was a bit of fun, but recent BMW PGA champion, and 2022 Masters third, Shane Lowry, wasn’t at all impressed.

The 2019 Open Championship winner has always stayed fairly neutral about the Greg Norman-led tour, but there was never a doubt that he was fully behind his good friend Rory McIlroy with his views.

However, after the win at Wentworth, Lowry was a tad more open with his views:

“I just think [LIV Golf] is bad for the game. I have always said I play for trophies, not for money. That’s why I didn’t entertain it, to be honest. The reason I have never even contemplated it is I don’t think it is good for the game.”

Whilst we can’t be sure if this had any effect on his Twitter post today, it was clear what he thinks of DeChambeau’s latest stunt:

Then JT got involved and made it clear what camp he was in…

The long-standing Dunhill Links weather is always unpredictable, but home players seem to thrive whatever the conditions.

What is definite is that Lowry will not stomach much more of the clownery on show, and probably won’t be cheering Bryson on as he reached the last 64 of the World’s Longest Drive Championship.

Just as we thought things might have been calming down…..

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Why Phil Mickelson decided to drop out of lawsuit against PGA Tour



Whatever the whys and wherefores, the disputes and disagreements, the one thing the LIV series has done is get people thinking.

Much water has crossed under the bridge and a recap could go on for many hours, but it remains that something somewhere caused the PGA Tour to look at a revised schedule.

Behind all this were a number of court cases, the first being 16 players fighting their cause against a DP World Tour ban, before 11 PGA Tour players sought temporary injunctions against the tour, seeking allowance into the FedEx Cup.

Since then,  Abraham Ancer, Jason Kokrak, Carlos Ortiz and Pat Perez have dropped out of the suit, the trial scheduled to commence in 2024, and now four more have fallen by the wayside.

Those four are Ian Poulter, Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford, and more vitally, Phil Mickelson.

The idea of a series challenging the golf status quo was always in the mind of Greg Norman and his backers, and Lefty was certainly the one player that launched the idea into orbit, after a revealing interview with golf writer Alan Shipnuck.

That now leaves just three of the original 11 – Bryson DeChambeau, Matt Jones and Peter Uihlein – who are still being backed by LIV Golf.

The organization released a recent statement, commenting:

“Nothing has changed,’” confirmed LIV. “The merits of the lawsuit—the PGA Tour’s anti-competitive conduct—still stand and will be fully tested in court, and we look forward to it.”

The statement confirmed the reasons why they believe they have a strong case.

“We stand by the players who the PGA Tour has treated so poorly, but we also recognize to be successful we no longer need a wide variety of players to be on the suit. We have our players’ backs and will press our case in court against the PGA’s anti-competitive behavior.”

Losing the bigger names might be a blow to the plaintiff’s case, and Mickelson’s comments were always going to be of interest.

Lefty explained the reasons for his withdrawal to Sports Illustrated:

“I am focused on moving forward and extremely happy being a part of LIV, while also grateful for my time on the (PGA) Tour. I am pleased that the players on Tour are finally being heard, respected and valued and are benefitting from the changes recently implemented.”

He summed up:

“With LIV’s involvement in these issues, the players’ rights will be protected and I no longer feel it is necessary for me to be part of the proceedings.”

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Patrick Reed includes three golf journalists in fresh defamation lawsuit



Last month, Patrick Reed filed a defamation lawsuit against Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee. The suit has since been withdrawn, but the former Masters champion isn’t done yet.

Reed has just filed a new lawsuit against golf journalists Damon Hack, Shane Bacon and Eamon Lynch. In addition to the writers, the suit includes both PGA Tour and DP World Tour and their commissioners Jay Monahan and Keith Pelley.

The suit alleges that those mentioned are guilty of “conspiracy, defamation, injurious falsehood and tortious interference”.

The lawsuit is a whopping 96-pages long and it lists 42 “causes of action.” The causes of action include “a pattern and practice of defaming Mr. Reed.”

“These malicious attacks have created hate, aided and abetted a hostile workplace environment, and have caused substantial financial and emotional damage and harm to Mr. Reed and his family,” Reed’s attorney Larry Klayman said in a statement.

The suit claims that the defendants have cost Reed opportunities at multi-million-dollar sponsorships over the course of his career.

The documents also allege that the defendants have been “intentionally and maliciously destroying” the reputation and sales of Reed and his wife’s company, grindworksUSA, which distributes golf equipment made by the Chinese company.

Reed was set to tee it up at the Alfred Dunhill Links this week, but was forced to withdraw due to back issues resulting from a soft mattress at a French hotel.

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