How Much Does A Masters Winning Caddie Make?
On the PGA Tour, professional caddies will usually be paid 10% of the player’s winnings when the player finishes in first place. They will usually get 7% for a top-10 place and 5% of the winnings when the player makes the cut.
2022 US Masters Winner Scottie Scheffler took home $2.7 million for his efforts. This means that his caddie Ted Scott is likely to receive $270,000 for carrying his clubs and checking yardages.
In fact, Ted Scott has now caddied for 3 Masters winners since 2012. Carrying Bubba Watson’s bag to victory in the 2012 and 2014 editions of the tournament earned Scott $144,000 and $162,000 respectively (assuming a 10% payout).
That makes his earnings from just those three tournaments $576,000! Steve Williams also won 3 Masters with Tiger Woods but he bagged a mere $327,600! Just shows how much prize money has increased in the past 25 years.
Steve Williams was one of the highest-paid “sportsmen” from New Zealand when he was working for Tiger.
Ironically Scott’s earnings from those 3 wins are the same as Mark O’Meara earned for his win in 1988.
Masters Winners Caddie Earnings
If we are to assume that players stick to the 10% rule then here is a rundown of what the caddie will earn from the Masters winner since the start of the tournament.
Bear in mind that players had to use caddies from the Augusta National until the rule was changed for the 1983 tournament. The payments were likely to have been different back then and may have been set by the club.
|Year||Winner||Score||1st Prize ($)||Caddie Pay (10%) ($)|
|1999||José María Olazábal||280||720000||72000|
|1994||José María Olazábal||279||360000||36000|
|1959||Art Wall Jr.||284||15000||1500|
|1956||Jack Burke Jr.||289||6000||600|
How Much Do Caddies Make At Golf Clubs?
Teenagers who are basically just carrying clubs might expect $20-$30 while an experienced caddie might make up to $100.
At upscale venues, you can be looking at even more.
|Venue||Caddie Fee ($)|
|Pebble Beach Golf Links||150 (single-bag), 200 (double-bag)|
|St Andrews Old Course||67.50 (£55)|
|Royal Melbourne||28 (AU$40)|
|Doonbeg (Trump Ireland)||58 (EUR55)|
How Much Does A Masters Winning Caddie Make: Conclusion
The caddies for top players are no longer struggling financially. No more needing to share a campervan between 3! The caddies for the players at the top of the money list are probably pulling in around $0.5 million per year or more.
With Scottie Scheffler already having picked up $12 million, Ted Scott is going to get a bumper payday and there are still several months of the season left!
I have covered caddie earnings in more detail here.
Frequently Asked Questions [FAQ]
How much do caddies make?
At an upscale venue like Pebble Beach caddies will cost around $150! At St Andrew’s, they are a slightly more reasonable $70. Teenagers working at a local golf course or country club probably make $20-$30 per round. Professional Caddies can make hundreds and sometimes many thousands of dollars per week.
How much do winning caddies make?
On professional tours, the caddies generally receive a percentage of the player’s prize money. For a winner, this is usually 10%, top-10 is usually 7% and anything else is 5%. With PGA Tour first prizes coming in at around $2-3 million that makes for a nice paycheque for the caddie!