this Aug. 28, 2016 photo, Rory McIlroy of Northern
Ireland, right, and his caddy, J. P. Fitzgerald look
down the fairway before McIlroy tees off from the
first hole during the final round of The Barclays golf
tournament in Farmingdale, N.Y.. McIlroy didn't have
to check his bank account to know that his FedEx Cup
bonus had been deposited. His caddie, J.P. Fitzgerald,
informed him with a text message that a 'tsunami' had
hit his account. McIlroy paid him a bonus of just over
$1 million. "I think his words were, 'A tsunami
just hit my bank account, so thank you very
much,'" McIlroy said Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016, on
the eve of the HSBC Champions.
— Rory McIlroy didn't have to check his bank account to
know that his FedEx Cup bonus had been deposited.
J.P. Fitzgerald, informed him with a text message.
think his words were, 'A tsunami just hit my bank account,
so thank you very much,'" McIlroy said Wednesday on the
eve of the HSBC Champions. "J.P. got a nice percentage
of that, so I knew at that point it was already there."
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 $10 million bonus. The player receives $9
million in cash, and $1 million is deferred into a
retirement account. McIlroy also earned $1.53 million from
winning the tournament.
didn't hesitate when it came time to rewarding his longtime
caddies typically get a stipend for the week and then a
percentage of the earnings up to 10 percent for a victory.
McIlroy said he paid his caddie 10 percent from the $9
million he took home that day from his FedEx Cup bonus, and
10 percent from the Tour Championship earnings.
the total was $1.05 million," McIlroy said. "I
think he was quite happy."
on McIlroy's face indicated he was equally happy for him.
Cup began in 2007, and some players spent the final month
debating what they should give their caddies from the bonus
pool. The first year, all but $1 million of the bonus was
deferred, and some players jokingly wondered if they should
wait until retirement to give their caddies a bonus. Others
questioned whether a caddie was entitled to bonus money
beyond the tournament earnings.
into those same questions his first year competing in the
Race to Dubai on the European Tour. Back then, as was the
case this year, he didn't have any qualms about sharing the
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."
Horschel gave his caddie, Micah Fugitt, a $1 million bonus
when he won the FedEx Cup in 2014.
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 FedEx Cup playoff. Throw in the Tour
Championship and FedEx Cup title, and Fitzgerald pulled in
$1,206,000 in two tournaments.
would have put him at No. 89 on the PGA Tour money list, one
spot behind Vijay Singh.