Wonder what happened to Mike Weir last Friday when his score jumped from 66 on Thursday to 78? Apparently it was those test irons again, as he points out on a post on Mikeweir.com today:
“That was the highest I could have shot today. I hit the ball really close but didn’t convert enough,” he said after his final round. “For three days I’ve been hitting 15 or 16 greens but on Friday I just couldn’t find the putting surface and that put me under pressure. It was a good recovery. I thought if I got into double digits today I would have a chance and after making birdies at the eighth and ninth I had a chance at 10, then birdied 11 and guessed if I could make a couple more I would have a chance to win. I had the birdie chances but just couldn’t convert them.”
There’s an intriguing story in the St. Petersburg Times about caddying on the tour. Nothing that many won’t have heard before, but it puts the whole concept together nicely and really brings out some of the key changes in the job, like the amount of cash caddies can now bring in:
A standard deal calls for the caddie to receive a weekly amount to cover expenses, say $1,000 to $1,500, plus 5 percent of the player’s earnings. A bunch of missed cuts, and therefore no paychecks, means the caddie is barely getting by. However, if his player makes $100,000, as someone will for finishing in the top 10 this week, the caddie stands to make at least $5,000.
In some cases, the deal calls for a 7 or 8 percent cut if a player finishes in the top 10 and 10 percent if he wins.
Imagine how well Steve Williams must be doing. He has been caddying for Tiger Woods since 1999. Last year, Woods made $9.9-million on the PGA Tour. Even at a straight 5 percent with no bonuses (Woods did win eight times) that would be nearly $500,000 for Williams.
The story is here.