Wednesday 29 March 2017

Caddie texted McIlroy: 'A $1m tsunami just hit my bank account'

Emile Laurac

Rory McIlroy with his caddie, JP Fitzgerald. REUTERS/Jason Reed
Rory McIlroy with his caddie, JP Fitzgerald. REUTERS/Jason Reed

Rory McIlroy didn't have to check his bank account to know that his $10m FedEx Cup bonus had been deposited. His caddie JP Fitzgerald informed him with a text message.

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

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

No pay-off is greater than Sunday at East Lake. For the last seven years, the winner of the Tour Championship also has won the FedEx Cup and its $10m (€9m)bonus.

The player receives $9m in cash, and $1m is put into a retirement account. He also earned $1.53m for winning the tournament.

Tour caddies typically get a stipend for the week and then a percentage of the earnings up to 10pc for a victory.

McIlroy said he paid his caddie 10pc from the $9m he took home that day from his FedEx Cup bonus, and 10pc from the Tour Championship.

"So the total was $1.05m," McIlroy said. "I think he was quite happy."

The smile on McIlroy's face indicated he was equally happy for him.

McIlroy also hinted that politics had an impact on his decision not to go to the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

He had opted to represent Ireland at the games rather than the UK.

"Participation in the Olympics, for me it's just a little more complicated than for some other people, (because of) where I'm from and the whole politics of the thing," he said.

Irish Independent

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