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Tuesday 6 December 2016

'A tsunami just hit my bank account!': Rory McIlroy's caddie earned a huge amount of money after the FedEx Cup win

Published 26/10/2016 | 11:23

Rory McIlroy, right, of Northern Ireland stands with his caddie JP Fitzgerald on the 14th tee box during the second round of the Korea Open golf tournament at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club near Cheonan, South Korea
Rory McIlroy, right, of Northern Ireland stands with his caddie JP Fitzgerald on the 14th tee box during the second round of the Korea Open golf tournament at Woo Jeong Hills Country Club near Cheonan, South Korea

Rory McIlroy is long past the stage where winning monstrous cheques on tour is a unique experience but the champion golfer reminded everyone that his right hand man is also enjoying a lucrative existence.

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Caddie JP Fitzgerald has been with the Northern Irishman from the beginning of his career, proving to be a good sounding board en route to McIlroy's four major championships.

The 27-year-old captured the richest prize of his career last month after winning the Tour Championship, which saw him claim the overall FedEX Cup bonus of $10 million (€9.17m).

Fitzgerald's assistance earned him a decent cut of McIlroy's prize money, and speaking to the media ahead of this week's HSBC Champions event, the golfer revealed exactly how much his caddie got and also how he found out that the money had been deposited.

McIlroy gave Fitzgerald 10% of both his Tour Championship prize money and his FedEx Cup bonus check.

"I think his words were, 'A tsunami just hit my bank account, so thank you very much,'" McIlroy said.

"J.P. got a nice percentage of that, so I knew at that point it was already there.

"So the total was $1.05 million. I think he was quite happy."

McIlroy also paid tribute to Fitzgerald, saying that his caddie earned his big fee.

"He deserved it," he said. "He's a big part of what we do. He was with me when I was No. 210 in the world and when I was No. 1."

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