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Jordan Spieth's caddy enjoys bumper earnings

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When you mention Jordan Spieth, everyone knows who you are talking about.

The young golfer on the PGA Tour who has been absolutely phenomenal, winning tournaments left, right, and centre all year.

He has won more money than anyone has before on the PGA Tour and has put himself in the record books in more ways than one.

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Although Spieth himself is someone who is instantly recognisable, if someone were to mention Michael Greller there is a large chance that only an avid golf fan is going to know who you are talking about.

Greller is Spieth's caddy, the man who has carried his clubs and given him advice throughout this historic run. He's also the man who has made more money than over 200 PGA Tour golfers.

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According to Golf Digest caddies typically take 5% for a made cut, 7% for a top ten finish, and 10% for a win.

With this formula, Business Insider calculated Greller's season earnings to be right around $2.1 million.

This is assuming that Spieth has not given his caddy any sort of bonus and with the season that Spieth has had, so it's likely he has been more generous with his winnings Grellar's earning are even higher.

With these numbers, Greller has earned more money than 211 golfers on the tour, including Tiger Woods who has earned $448,598 this season. The caddy has been with Spieth since 2011 when he caddied for him in the U.S. Junior Amateur at Gold Mountain, returning in the 2012 U.S. Open and has been with the golfer full time ever since.

Greller, a former teacher says his previous profession helped prepare him for life on the golf course. He told the Seattle Times in 2014:

“Being able to think on your feet, being adaptable and having thick skin. You are going to mess up and if you are not confident in yourself, your player picks up on that. You have to be willing to serve and encourage. Just like in teaching.”

For Greller and Spieth it has been an unforgettable year, the pair have been an exciting duo this season and look set to have a very fruitful future.

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