Big Payday For Substitute Caddy
It's good to be David Faircloth. The North Carolina native, who started out the week caddying in the pro-am for one of the Wyndham Championship's tournament organizers, received the offer of a lifetime right before the start of the first round, when he was asked if he wanted to make a little extra coin and loop for one of the players in the field.
Nice gig, right? For a guy who's used to making $50 to $75 per bag at local clubs, Faircloth stood to make at least a couple hundred bucks even his guy made the cut and didn't finish in the top-10.
But as the local looper later found out, he wasn't caddying for just any player: he was going to carry the bag for Sergio Garcia, one of the biggest names in the field at Sedgefield Country Club.
Garcia came into the week without a caddie on his bag, after parting ways with Gary Matthews following the PGA Championship. Looking for someone with local course knowledge, Garcia decided to give Faircloth a try for the week.
The move turned out to be a blessing in disguise for both player and caddie, as Garcia went on to win his first PGA Tour event in four years, and Faircloth walked away with the flag on the 18th green -- the winning caddie usually takes the flag as a tournament keepsake -- and a once-in-a-lifetime story he'll be able to tell his grandkids one day.
Oh, and another thing: a five-figure payday. Garcia earned $960,000 for his win, and considering caddies usually receive 10 percent of the paycheck for a win, the substitute loop could stand to make $96,000 for four days of work.
(Devil Ball Golf)