'They Get Treated Like Normal People' - Pro On LIV Golf Caddies

Following his second round at Bedminster, Carlos Ortiz spoke about LIV Golf and specifically the treatment of the caddies

Ortiz fist pumps fans as he walks off the green
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LIV Golf's third event got underway on Friday at Trump National Bedminster, with players vying it out for a share of the $25 million purse that adorns every LIV event.

A number of big players have made the leap to the Saudi-backed series, with the likes of Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson just some of the big names featuring.

Many players are using the line "growing the game" for their reasons to move to LIV Golf, although most believe it's the money aspect that has made them move. Another reason, which seems to be a regular theme, is also the way the players, caddies and teams are treated, with it being reported that accommodation and travel etc are covered. 

An example of this was when Pat Perez and co were were captured enjoying celebrations on LIV's private jet after their team win in Portland.

Mickelson looks on with sunglasses on

Mickelson was recently announced as the world's highest paid athlete in 2022, following his deal with LIV Golf

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Following the second round at Trump National Bedminster, Carlos Ortiz, who finished runner-up in the second tournament, gave his thoughts on the Saudi-backed series, specifically around the treatment of the caddies, with the Mexican stating: "I didn't play London, but the last two tournaments have been unbelievable. The way we get treated, the way the caddies get treated, they get treated like persons, like normal people. 

"They can eat with us and get in the locker room, where in the other tour they couldn't. I think those things are great, and the staff has been unbelievable. They do anything for you. The setups, people are loving it. I think it's fantastic what these guys are doing. Me as a player, I'm enjoying it, and I think fans are enjoying it, too."

Johnson and Ortiz chat to one another during the second round

Ortiz and Dustin Johnson chat during the second round of LIV Golf's event at Bedminster

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At the first event at Centurion, it was revealed that the caddies were staying together in the Jury’s Inn Hotel at Watford, with many of the bagmen appreciating the efforts made by LIV Golf.

Colin Byrne, who works for Louis Oosthuizen, stated that: “The tournament that used to be our equivalent of hitting the jackpot was Sun City in South Africa. That was the junket of all golf junkets, but that was then. This week has out-junketed Sun City. Having talked to Greg [Norman] and others on the organizing team, it has been ‘what can we do for you’ all week. They want to help us and make us happy. It’s been great to be included like this. We’ve been pampered and had nothing but a red-carpet treatment.”

His words were echoed by Craig Connelly, who claims that: “This is as good an event as I have ever seen, from a caddie’s point of view. At the Ryder Cup you are made to feel special. You arrive at the hotel and everything is laid on, there’s no need for a credit card at the front desk, there are no expenses. 

"This week (Centurion) has been just like a Ryder Cup. They flew me down from Glasgow and there was a guy waiting for me at Heathrow. Then they are taking care of us from here to the US Open. And if I was going to another LIV event after that, they would fly me there too.”

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x