Scheffler's caddy earns more than Rory McIlroy

On the other hand, professional golfer Rory McIlroy has earned less than Scheffler's caddie, despite his fame in the world of golf

by Andrea Gussoni
Scheffler's caddy earns more than Rory McIlroy
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The world of golf sometimes reveals unexpected financial surprises, with players not always being the ones to accumulate the greatest fortunes. Consider, for example, caddies, often shadowy figures but capable of earning significant sums thanks to the successes of their employers.

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An outstanding example is Ted Scott, the caddie of Scottie Scheffler, currently at the top of the world rankings. Thanks to his employer's recent victories in the Arnold Palmer Invitational and The Players, Scott has seen his bank account enriched by approximately $850,000 in just eight days, thanks to the 10% share (plus room and board) stipulated in their contract.

In total, during 2024, Scheffler's caddie has already amassed around $1 million, thanks to his employer's successes, which include four top-ten finishes in addition to the two victories. On the other hand, professional golfer Rory McIlroy has earned less than Scheffler's caddie, despite his fame in the world of golf.

With only $798,205 earned in five PGA Tour events, McIlroy has seen a significant portion of his income come from tournaments played outside the United States, such as those in Dubai. Here, he achieved a second place at the Dubai Invitational ($210,000) and a victory at the Dubai Desert Classic ($1.5 million).

But Ted Scott is not the only one to enjoy a huge fortune thanks to his player's success. Gary Matthews, the caddie of Joaquin Niemann, has also accumulated a considerable sum thanks to his employer's victories on the LIV Golf Tour, with Niemann triumphing in Makayoba and Jeddah for a total of $8 million in prizes.

Additionally, Niemann finished fourth in Hong Kong and thirtieth in Las Vegas, allowing Matthews to add further earnings to his portfolio. Rory Daniel McIlroy MBE, born on May 4, 1989, is a professional golfer from Northern Ireland.

He holds membership in both the European Tour and the PGA Tour. McIlroy has enjoyed significant success in his career, having previously held the prestigious title of world number one in the Official World Golf Ranking for over 100 weeks.

He boasts an impressive record as a four-time major champion, securing victories at the 2011 U.S. Open, 2012 PGA Championship, 2014 Open Championship, and 2014 PGA Championship. Remarkably, McIlroy joins the ranks of golf legends Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods as one of only three players to have claimed four major titles by the age of 25.

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