1. Historians believe that the term “caddie” came from Mary, the Queen of Scots in the late 16th century. Mary grew up in France where military cadets carried golf clubs for royalty and it’s said that when Mary immigrated to Scotland, she took the term “caddie” with her.
2. Most PGA Tour caddies make between $1000 and $1500 per week, but they also make a percentage of what the player wins in the tournament. The percentage structure usually works as follows: 5% of any finish outside the top 10, 7% of any finish in the top 10, and 10% of any first place winning finish.
3. Billy Horschel’s caddie Micah Fugitt recently earned over $1 million after Horschel won the FedEx cup earlier this month. He plans on setting a large amount aside for his two children’s college tuition.
4. The PGA Tours most famous caddy Steve Williams, parted ways with Adam Scott last week as Williams wants to start working part time next season, while Scott prefers a full-time caddy. Steve Williams was the caddy for Tiger Woods from 1999 to 2011 during which Woods won 13 of his 14 majors. He inducted into the Caddie Hall of Fame in early September 2014. It’s been estimated that Steve Williams made roughly $20 million during his run with Tiger Woods.
5. In a 2011 poll of 50 PGA Tour caddies, 54% said they had witnessed a player cheating during a PGA Tour event.
6. Besides PGA Tour officials, caddies are the only employees that are paid at PGA Tour events.
7. When a PGA Tour player wins an event, they give the caddie the flag off the pin as a trophy.