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Who Is Tommy Fleetwood’s Caddie?
Without question, one of the best caddie/player relationships on Tour is that of Tommy Fleetwood and his bagman, Ian Finnis. While the two might stand at opposite ends of the height spectrum (Finnis is 6ft 7in, while Fleetwood is 5ft 8in) they clearly click on the course.
Ian Finnis is one Tommy Fleetwood’s oldest and closest friends. Both excellent amateur golfers, Finnis went on to become an assistant professional at Formby Hall near Southport. At first it seemed the two were destined to take very different career paths within the game. However, that all changed in the spring of 2016. Fleetwood was in a poor run of form and was struggling with the driver yips. After missing five cuts in seven weeks, the Englishman decided to make some changes to his team.
Fleetwood started working with the coach who had played a central role in his development through the amateur ranks, Alan Thompson. It was during this period that Finnis also received the call. Finnis and Fleetwood had worked together on the course during Fleetwood’s amateur days. The comfort and familiarity of having an old friend on the bag was what Fleetwood needed and his fortunes quickly improved. After missing the cut at the 145th Open at Royal Troon, Fleetwood’s form began to pick up and he finished the second half of 2016 with four top 10 finishes on the European Tour.
Since then, the former amateur World No.1 has recorded five European Tour wins and won the 2017 Race To Dubai. He also came very close to winning the 2017 and 2017 US Open and the 2019 Open Championship. More recently, Fleetwood shared the lead after the first round of the 2022 Players Championship, before eventually finishing tied for 22nd.
When Finnis, who is married to former England women’s goalkeeper Rachel Brown, agreed to become Fleetwood’s caddie, he did so on a temporary basis. However, he remains an invaluable part of the Englishman’s game.
How Much Does Tommy Fleetwood’s Caddie Make?
Fleetwood earned around $1.1m in the 2020/21 season. With caddies typically taking up to 10% of his boss’s winnings, that would leave Finnis with around 110,000 in earnings. However, in the initial turnaround in form that followed Finnis’s appointment, Fleetwood earned almost $4m two years running, so Finnis would likely have taken home nearer $400,000 in earnings in 2017/18 and 2018/19.
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