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.

How Much Does A Masters Winning Caddie Make
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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.

Fanny Sunneson – two time caddie for Masters winner
YearWinnerScore1st Prize ($)Caddie Pay (10%) ($)
2023Jon Rahm2763240000324000
2022Scottie Scheffler2782700000270000
2021Hideki Matsuyama2782070000207000
2020Dustin Johnson2682070000207000
2019Tiger Woods2752070000207000
2018Patrick Reed2731980000198000
2017Sergio García2791980000198000
2016Danny Willett2831800000180000
2015Jordan Spieth2701800000180000
2014Bubba Watson2801620000162000
2013Adam Scott2791440000144000
2012Bubba Watson2781440000144000
2011Charl Schwartzel2741440000144000
2010Phil Mickelson2721350000135000
2009Ángel Cabrera2761350000135000
2008Trevor Immelman2801350000135000
2007Zach Johnson2891305000130500
2006Phil Mickelson2811260000126000
2005Tiger Woods2761260000126000
2004Phil Mickelson2791117000111700
2003Mike Weir2811080000108000
2002Tiger Woods2761008000100800
2001Tiger Woods2721008000100800
2000Vijay Singh27882800082800
1999José María Olazábal28072000072000
1998Mark O’Meara27957600057600
1997Tiger Woods27048600048600
1996Nick Faldo27645000045000
1995Ben Crenshaw27439600039600
1994José María Olazábal27936000036000
1993Bernhard Langer27730600030600
1992Fred Couples27527000027000
1991Ian Woosnam27724300024300
1990Nick Faldo27822500022500
1989Nick Faldo28320000020000
1988Sandy Lyle28118380018380
1987Larry Mize28516200016200
1986Jack Nicklaus27914400014400
1985Bernhard Langer28212600012600
1984Ben Crenshaw27710800010800
1983Seve Ballesteros280900009000
1982Craig Stadler284640006400
1981Tom Watson280600006000
1980Seve Ballesteros275550005500
1979Fuzzy Zoeller280500005000
1978Gary Player277450004500
1977Tom Watson276400004000
1976Raymond Floyd271400004000
1975Jack Nicklaus276400004000
1974Gary Player278350003500
1973Tommy Aaron283300003000
1972Jack Nicklaus286250002500
1971Charles Coody279250002500
1970Billy Casper279250002500
1969George Archer281200002000
1968Bob Goalby277200002000
1967Gay Brewer280200002000
1966Jack Nicklaus288200002000
1965Jack Nicklaus271200002000
1964Arnold Palmer276200002000
1963Jack Nicklaus286200002000
1962Arnold Palmer280200002000
1961Gary Player280200002000
1960Arnold Palmer282175001750
1959Art Wall Jr.284150001500
1958Arnold Palmer284112501125
1957Doug Ford2838750875
1956Jack Burke Jr.2896000600
1955Cary Middlecoff2795000500
1954Sam Snead2895000500
1953Ben Hogan2744000400
1952Sam Snead2864000400
1951Ben Hogan2803000300
1950Jimmy Demaret2832400240
1949Sam Snead2822750275
1948Claude Harmon2792500250
1947Jimmy Demaret2812500250
1946Herman Keiser2822500250
1942Byron Nelson2801500150
1941Craig Wood2801500150
1940Jimmy Demaret2801500150
1939Ralph Guldahl2791500150
1938Henry Picard2851500150
1937Byron Nelson2831500150
1936Horton Smith2851500150
1935Gene Sarazen2821500150
1934Horton Smith2841500150
Masters Winners and Prize money
Steve Williams caddying for Tiger Woods.
James Phelps, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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.

VenueCaddie Fee ($)
Pebble Beach Golf Links150 (single-bag), 200 (double-bag)
St Andrews Old Course67.50 (£55)
Royal Melbourne28 (AU$40)
Doonbeg (Trump Ireland)58 (EUR55)
Valderrama63 (EUR60)
Example Caddie Fees

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!

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