Micah Fugitt talking with Billy Horschel (Getty )Micah Fugitt talking with Billy Horschel (Getty ) © Copyright

Jack it all in to be a caddie

Micah Fugitt, who has been caddying for more than 17 years, made the headlines in 2014 when his golfer Billy Horschel won the FedEx Cup and pocketed a cool $10mill. He gave 10 per cent to Fugitt, who bought a new home for his family and set up college education funds for his two kids.

Getting started

“I started caddying in 1998, at the River Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas. I answered an ad in the paper and we had a group meeting and a nine-hole training session on the basics like where to stand, how to repair a ball-mark, how to rake a bunker, how to tend a flag stick.”

Do I have to be good at golf?

“The majority of caddies play golf and some are good players themselves. There are several caddies out there who have played on the tour before. Pete Jordan, who most recently caddied for JJ Henry, he’s made 140-plus cuts on the PGA tour.”

Get fit

“A lot of people don’t realise how physically challenging caddying can be. We’re carrying a 40-50lb (20kg) golf bag around and sometimes the courses are hilly, or it can be 110 degrees, or it can be freezing cold. The modern tour caddie spends time in the gym too, trying to stay fit so they don’t get as mentally fatigued.”

Micah Fugitt walking with Billy Horschel (Getty)

 

The struggle is real

“You need a lot of patience. There’s a lot of what we call ‘hurry up and wait’. You also need to be a little thick-skinned and it helps if you have some money to get you started because you have to pay for all your own expenses.”

How much advice do players want?

“Some just want you to carry their bag, but then there are others who want you to measure every yard and tell ’em what club to use every time. With Billy [Horschel], I do all the yardages and say how far we have to go.”

Mind over matter

“If you had a degree in psychology, that could be great. Jordan Spieth [see our feature p120] has spoken about how great his caddie, Michael Greller, has been with his success, by being in his ear, encouraging him.”

Proudest moment as a caddie?

“Winning the FedEx cup with Billy, that’s definitely been the proudest moment so far. There have been other wins before that but this one was very satisfying, after all the hours of work and miles travelled that went into getting there. Now we want to win another one; our next goal is to win a major.”

Micah Fugitt with Billy Horschel (Getty)

 

 

Job spec

Hours: You’ve got to be up at the crack of dawn when you’re a course caddie, ready for the early tee-off times. But no night shifts.

Salary: Around £50-80 per bag (for 18 holes) as a course caddie. During the busy season you could do three rounds a day. When you start caddying for a pro, you can expect to get five to 10 per cent of their prize money.

Location: Worldwide.

Benefits: Lots of long walks and exercise outdoors, and plenty of travel. But you do have to cover your own expenses.

Responsibilities: Carrying the bag and offering advice when needed.

Skills: Stamina: you’re on your feet all day.

Patience: It could be a while before you find a regular player.

People person: You’ll need to talk to club reps, the media, agents and other golfers and caddies.

Qualifications: No academic qualifications needed.

Micah Fugitt shaking hands with Billy Horschel (Getty)

 

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