How much does a caddie make? We know almost everything about the professionals: after each race the winnings are announced down to the last cent. There are annual and career money lists. To these revenues must be added advertising contracts for the equipment on the field, for extra-golf products to be advertised or the engagements to change continent and play particular competitions (just think of how much is the “token” to fly to Saudi Arabia).
The caddie is only interested in the first item, namely the results of his professional. There has long been a caddy rate on the PGA Tour. The weekly salary is two thousand dollars for a mid-level professional. Travel, board and lodging expenses are all borne by the “bag holder”. The variables linked to the results are added to the fixed fee. If the professional doesn’t pass the cut, the caddy doesn’t collect a dollar. If he passes the cut and comes from 26th place down to the caddy, 5% of the sum won by the player goes to the caddie. The percentage rises to 7% in case of top ten and flies to 10% in case of victory.
In Nairobi the Kenya Savannah Classic goes to South African Daniel Van Tonder who overcomes the Thai Jazz Janewattananond with a birdie on the third play-off hole and wins his first career title on the European Tour. Karen Country Club course (par 71), with a partial final (the best of the day) bogey free (with six birdies and an eagle) closed in 63 (-8) out of a total of 268 (67 70 68 63, -16 ) shots, closes in 10 / o place recovering 29 positions (it was 39 / o after the third round). Good performance also for the Brianza-based Lorenzo Scalise, 30 / o with 273 (70 66 70 67, -11) and author of a hole in one at hole 2 (par 3). The second consecutive victory in Nairobi for Justin Harding fades. The South African, leader after the “moving day”, collapsed in the final and finished in 14th place (269, -15).
And so within five days came the second success of a South African on the European Tour. First that of Harding at the Magical Kenya Open, now that of van Tonder at the Kenya Savannah Classic who had closed the 72 regulation holes with 263 (-21 ) like Janewattananond. Then, at the third additional hole, the turning point. Birdie against par and closed challenge. Third place (264, -20) ex aequo for the English Sam Horsfield and the Scotsman Callum Hill. Fifth square (266, -18) shared by South African Jacques Kruyswijk and another Scotsman, David Drysdale.