Ryan Smith has to be the richest caddy in PGA Tour history.
With typical Tony Finau caddy Mark Urbanek missing the Hero World Challenge in the Bahamas this weekend with his expecting wife, Smith takes care of the Finau clubs.
Smith, owner of Utah Jazz and co-founder of software company Qualtrics, has a net worth estimated by Forbes at $ 1.5 billion. Smith bought the Jazz last year.
“Putting my guy @RyanQualtrics to work this week in the Bahamas! Let’s make it our own !!, ” Finau tweeted about his temporary caddy earlier this week.
Smith and Finau had apparently been discussing for some time a way to make this gig of shopping carts a reality.
“Ryan has been a good friend of mine,” Finau told The Golf Channel. “I yelled at him about six weeks ago and asked if he would mind. He was more than happy to be here. He has been a great friend and a great mentor.
Finau joked that the side bustle represents a big drop in his billionaire friend’s pay.
“He’s getting an extreme pay cut, I know that,” Finau said. “It’s a fun atmosphere and the perfect tournament to bring Ryan in. “
Smith seems to know his role in the Bahamas.“It’s time to turn down,” he said in a tweet from Finau. “Cadet Rules: Introduce yourself, carry on, shut up. “
Finau, 32, is from Salt Lake City. Among his two victories on the PGA Tour was a victory at the Northern Trust last August.