We know it’s excellent to be Jordan Spieth, but it’s pretty good to be his caddie, too.
The 22-year-old Spieth earned his age in money (just over $22 million) on the PGA Tour this season, shattering Vijay Singh’s previous yearly record of $10.91 million by taking home the Tour Championship and an $11.4 million prize Sunday. Spieth’s right-hand man, caddie Michael Greller, cashed in as well.
Back in July, we explored just how much Greller made for his much-appreciated expertise, advice and counseling up to the John Deere Classic. That figure, approximately $867,000, was more than 159 other PGA Tour members made up to that point.
Then came the British Open, the PGA Championship and the FedEx Cup Playoffs, which put Greller into a whole new stratosphere of high-earning caddies.
Typically, caddies receive 5 percent of a player’s earnings for making the cut, 7 percent for finishing top-10 and 10 percent for a win. So let’s break down the last few events that Spieth has done, well, very well at.
- The Open Championship: T4, earned $460,377
- WGC-Bridgestone Invitational: T10, earned $149,500
- PGA Championship: 2nd, earned $1,080,000
- The Barclays: CUT
- Deutsche Bank Championship: CUT
- BMW Championship: T13, earned $173,250
- Tour Championship: 1st, earned $1,485,000 + $10 million FedEx Cup bonus
Assuming Greller earned the typical tip, he brought home $1,275,453 in just those last five events where he would be receiving a payout. Add that to his previous earnings up to the Open Championship, and he’s brought in a cool $2.14 million this year. Not bad for a caddie!
That squeezes Greller into a tight spot between Russell Henley ($2.11 million) and Phil Mickelson ($2.15 million), 39th on the 2015 PGA Tour money list — more than 220 other PGA Tour players. When you’re making almost as much as Lefty, you’re in a good spot.