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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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  1. Pingback: ‘They’re treated like human beings’ – Brooks Koepka takes wild swipe at PGA Tour while talking up LIV – GolfWRX

  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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PGA Tour reveals full list of winners from 2021-22 season’s Player Impact Program



The results of the 2021-2022 PGA TOUR season’s Player Impact Program have been revealed.

The total prize pool for the PIP has been increased from $40 million last season to $100 million and is now spread out between 20 players instead of 10. However, the PIP now offers more than just financial incentive. The top 20 players in this year’s PIP standings will be invited to the 12 “elevated events” on the 2023 calendar.

As revealed by the PGA Tour, the PIP winners and their bonuses are as follows:

  • 1. Tiger Woods $15,000,000
  • 2. Rory McIlroy $12,000,000
  • 3. Jordan Spieth $9,000,000
  • 4. Justin Thomas $7,500,000
  • 5. Jon Rahm $6,000,000
  • 6. Scottie Scheffler $5,500,000
  • 7. Xander Schauffele $5,000,000
  • 8. Matt Fitzpatrick $5,000,000
  • 9. Will Zalatoris $5,000,000
  • 10. Tony Finau $5,000,000
  • 11. Collin Morikawa $3,000,000
  • 12. Shane Lowry $3,000,000
  • 13. Kevin Kisner $3,000,000
  • 14. Max Homa $3,000,000
  • 15. Billy Horschel $3,000,000
  • 16. Rickie Fowler $2,000,000
  • 17. Adam Scott $2,000,000
  • 18. Jason Day $2,000,000
  • 19. Patrick Cantlay $2,000,000
  • 20. Viktor Hovland $2,000,000

The fact that Tiger Woods won the PIP despite playing in just nine competitive events proves that his presence in the game of golf will always be what moves the needle as long as he’s involved with the PGA Tour.

Max Homa also sees Tiger winning the PIP on a regular basis going forward barring any unforeseen circumstances.

Collin Morikawa, who finished eleventh for the second consecutive year, took to Twitter to share his thoughts.

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Changes to the famous 13th hole at Augusta National appear to be complete



Azalea has changed.

The famous par-5 13th hole at The Masters, the scene of many an eagle and considered a gimme birdie for many of today’s big hitters, has been lengthened. And we don’t need to wait for the 2023 media release to find out how.

For the 2022 tournament, Augusta chiefs were hoping to reveal changes to the 11th and 15th holes, but were beaten to it by @EurekaEarthPlus who have now become the go-to for mid-season changes to the course.

Yesterday, the drone revealed for the first time how much work Augusta has carried out on the 13th, and it hopefully stops the drive onto a favouring sloped fairway and short iron into the green.

The tee box appears to have been taken back around 40-50 yards and offers more of a closed chute to the drive. This should create more thought to positional play off the tee, and a longer second shot – another effort to stop the first major of the year becoming a long-hitters paradise.

It was March last year when we saw the initial amendments to the course. It’s November this time.

Is it ever too early for Augusta news?

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Iconic piece of Tiger Woods memorabilia goes up for auction



Tiger’s coming back, and the golfing world can’t wait.

It may only be the 20-man Hero World Challenge, and then a couple of made for-tv events, but the sight of the 15-time major winner is enough.

The mere name puts a shiver down golf enthusiasts and when Tiger memorabilia is available, expect utter madness.

Earlier this year, GolfWRX reported on the auction of the 46-year-old’s Grand Slam clubs, sticks that eventually sold for over $5 million, and now the same auction house is offering one of the famous red shirts worn by Tiger at Augusta, this one from the final round of 2010.

According to Ryan Carey of auctioneers, Golden Age Auctions, the shirt has a little extra, being the only Masters Sunday shirt available:

“We believe this is the only Sunday red from a Masters Tournament that has been auctioned, and the others might not surface. The shirt is signed by Woods. Normally that would help the price a tiny bit, but I think it helps even more with this one. It has a massive inscription that says ‘2010 Masters Final Round,’ and Tiger doesn’t autograph stuff like that very often. It’s a huge autograph, too. This one is special that he did that.”

The shirt is also the first Sunday red donned by Woods following the infamous sex scandal in 2009 that saw Tiger take an extended break from the sport.

Strangely, Woods-connected items have not always been a big mover.

Various back-up Scotty Cameron putters have sold for between 80k to 100k, but signed scorecards from the US Open failed to make their $100 reserve.

Golf balls, though, now there’s a thing.

The ball sunk for victory at the 2005 Masters sold for over $30k, whilst standard signed Nike balls continue to surpass their first bid by some way.

Tiger may be a huge name in golf, but can he attract the sort of attention of the huge worldwide megastars.

Carey hopes so.

“Game-worn sports memorabilia, especially items photo-matched to a memorable moment or historic event, are setting records all around the world this year,” he explained. “A Michael Jordan jersey recently sold for $10.1 million at Sotheby’s, and a Diego Maradona soccer jersey recently sold for $9.3 million.”

The auction started yesterday with an opening bid expected of $5k, and with no way of knowing how the market will go, this could be the perfect time to ramp up the ‘he’s coming’ news.

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