FedEx Cup delivers tsunami of cash to Rory’s caddy
There may be no ‘i’ in team but there’s a few in a ‘million’…and there’s also one in ‘tsunami’.
Because that’s what hit J.P. Fitzgerald’s bank account when former world No 1 Rory McIlroy got paid for his stunning victory at the FedExCup last month.
Rory McIlroy with long-time caddy J.P. Fitzgerald
McIlroy knew the money must have been in his bank account because Fitzgerald was doing handstands.
“I think his words were, ‘A tsunami just hit my bank account, so thank you very much’,” McIlroy explained during last week’s HSBC Champions event in China.
“JP got a nice percentage of that, so I knew at that point it was already there.”
McIlroy was obviously happy to share the biggest payday in world golf with his caddy, Fitzgerald.
The Irish ace fought hard and won a playoff to walk away with $9m in cash as well as another $1 million deferred into a retirement account.
Amazingly, McIlroy also earned $1.53m by winning the tournament so naturally he wanted to share the joy with his long-time caddie.
McIlroy said he paid his caddie 10 per cent from the $9 million he took home that day from his FedEx Cup bonus, and 10 per cent from the Tour Championship earnings.
“So the total was $1.05 million,” McIlroy said. “I think he was quite happy.”
The smile on McIlroy’s face indicated he was equally happy for him.
“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.”
September turned out to be quite a month for McIlroy — and for Fitzgerald. McIlroy won his first PGA Tour event of the year at the Deutsche Bank Championship, which paid $1.53 million for being part of the FedExCup playoff. Throw in the Tour Championship and FedExCup title, and Fitzgerald pulled in $1,206,000 in two tournaments.
That alone would have put him at No. 89 on the PGA Tour money list, one spot behind Vijay Singh.