And the richest man at the U.S. Open at Pinehurst will be … a caddie? Yes.


(Associated Press)

The richest person walking the links at Pinehurst this year isn’t Tiger Woods, who’ll be sitting out this year because of back problems. Nor is it Phil Mickelson, who might actually win. In fact, it’s not a player at all — it’s a caddie. TheSquander.com reports:

“His name is Scott McNealy and he’s a billionaire. He’s worth more than most of the top players at the 2014 U.S. Open Championship combined.”

McNealy, 59, earned his wealth in Silicon Valley, where he co-founded Sun Microsystems, which begs the questions, why is this super rich dude opting to be a caddie at Pinehurst?

Well, his son Maverick, who qualified for the U.S. Open by finishing third in the U.S. Open sectional qualifying at Lake Merced Golf Club and the Ocean Course at the Olympic Club in Daly City, Calif., last week asked him to.

The elder McNealy, who himself is a pretty great golfer, has proven his worth to his son already, however. He caddied for him in Daly City.

“I’ve got to give thanks to my dad for hoofing it for 36 holes,” Maverick, who shot seven under par, told the San Francisco Chronicle. “Not many 59-year-olds could do that.”

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.

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