Camilo, now caddieless. PICK ME!
Camilo's Caddie Says Adios
By Kickntrue on 12/16/10
Normally a caddie leaving a player wouldn't be too big a deal unless it was Bones or Stevie, but Brett Waldman leaving Camilo is a story for another reason. Waldman played his way through Q-School and amazingly made it to the finals- where he didn't qualify for the PGA Tour but earned a fully exempt card for the Nationwide Tour.
The caddie for Camilo Villegas said Wednesday he will play the Nationwide Tour next year instead of working for one of golf's top players. Waldman earned that shot by completing an amazing ride through Q-school and shooting a 68 in the sixth and final round.

It wasn't enough to earn a PGA Tour card, but he is fully exempt on the next best tour in the United States.

The hardest part of his journey was the final decision - give up financial security by working for Villegas, or grind it out on a tour with no guaranteed pay from smaller purses.

"It's just a dream," Waldman said. "I don't want to look back knowing that I had the chance to do it and not doing it, and hating myself for it. I would always look back and say, 'What if?' There's a reason I got to where I am. I might as well chase the dream."
I don't think anyone, including Camilo can begrudge him for his decision. Here's hoping he plays well and possibly earns a ticket to the PGA Tour in the future. How fun would it be to see Camilo playing alongside his old caddie in an event?

Plus- it's not like the Nationwide Tour is chump change. The top money earners still make well over $1M and even "average" players earn in the hundreds of thousands. (I wasn't really thinking when I wrote this. As pointed out in comments- Lovemark, the top earner on the Nationwide Tour made around $450k and #25 on the list made around $209k. Still not chump change- but definitely a RISK by Waldman.) Still- each week- he starts with $0 and expenses. Here's hoping he makes it!

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[ comments ]
Virtuaframax says:
good luck to Brett and i hope he does well!
12/16/10
 
homermania says:
Yeah, I applaud the courage to make that decision. Best of luck Brett!
12/16/10
 
KVSmith59 says:
any idea on how much he makes as a caddie?
12/16/10
 
aaronm04 says:
Camilo is one of golf's top players?
12/16/10
 
bkuehn1952 says:
Taken from another source that seems reliable:

"Most PGA Tour caddies make a salary of between $1,000 and $1,500 a week, plus a percentage of the player's winnings each week. A common rate is 5 percent for finishes outside the top 10, 7 percent for non-winning top-10 finishes and 10 percent if the golfer wins. Each caddie has a different arrangement with his golfer, and some are paid only a percentage of the winnings with no weekly salary."

Villegas made $3,035,523 in 2010 with a win and 7 top tens. Based on that, Brett made somewhere north of $200,000.
12/16/10
 
bashworth says:
I guess you are counting sponsor money because jamie lovemark took top money last yeah and got ~450,000 and the top 25 to get to the pga tour was ~200,000. And those are the best guys out there.
12/16/10
 
miketomei says:
Must have been hard for him to carry the bag all week knowing that he would rather grab a club and start playing! Good for him for giving it a try.
12/16/10
 
mgranata says:
good luck brett
12/16/10
 
Matt F says:
Hey Camilo...how bout a job!!
12/17/10
 
Optimus Prime says:
Way to go Brett! See you in College Park!
12/17/10
 
birdieXris says:
Good luck to him and all, but i just saw some numbers on the golf channel this morning. He made 330,000 last year..... as a caddy.... that would have placed him 7th on the nationwide money list. I mean.....dream my ass i'd have caddied as long as i could. Good news though is that should he tank, he can always go back (or so he says) but if Camilo gets a winning caddie with him and has a huge season, i wonder how much he'll actually honor that agreement.
12/17/10
 
Kickntrue says:
@birdieXris- someone would hire him if not Camilo. Maybe not a cash cow- but I'm guessing he'd get a job. You gotta go for the dream. You don't want to be some 80 year old sitting on your porch, rocking on your chair and drinking iced tea thinking about what could have been.
12/17/10
 
birdieXris says:
@kick - true that. i guess someone would pick him up. I still really wanna see him do well. wouldn't that be something to have him ring the same group with Camilo for a tournament. Technically he could still ask him yardage. LOL.
12/17/10
 
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