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Northern Irish caddy has big plans for Brooks Koepka's US Open prize-money

Ricky Elliott brings some Portmagic to Brooks Koepka's first major victory

By Gareth Hanna

The traditional week's pay for a caddy is 10 per cent of his player's winnings.

And as my dad used to remind me on my own caddying duties, 10 per cent of nothing isn't a lot. That's all too often the spoils for players and their bagmen but this weekend, American golfer Brooks Koepka pocketed a record $2.16 million for his four shot victory at the US Open.

It doesn't take a genius to work it out but, providing Koepka matches the 10 per cent tradition, that equals a cool $£216,000 for Portrush man on the bag Ricky Elliott.

The majority of us can only dream of pocketing such a fortune in a year, let alone in a few days carrying a bag around Erin Hills. What would you do with it? Elliott didn't have to think too hard when he was asked.

"Buy a 12-pack of Heineken," he said, according to the Golf Channel's Ryan Lavner. Typical Northern Irish humour. In case you were wondering by the way, a 12 pack costs about £10. So if Elliott was to shift his winning's into the Heineken bank account - he would take home a cool 259,200 bottles. He'd need a big freezer.

Wait, who is Ricky Elliott?

In case you're reading all this and aren't up in your knowledge of Northern Irish caddies, Elliott, like a lot of men on PGA Tour bags, is a handy golfer himself. Elliott competed for Ireland in the European Youths Championship in the 1990s alongside Michael Hoey.

Hailing from Portrush, Elliott strengthens the town's self-professed crown as 'the major golf capital of the world'. Will he get his name on the signs now?

Elliott first caddied for Koepka back in 2013 and bucked a trend when he took up the American's bag during the 2016 Ryder Cup.

Terry Holt, Dave Musgrove and Andy Sutton are all English caddies for American golfers who chose not to work during the Ryder Cup. Holt, who worked for Paul Azinger in 1993, opted not to go with him to The Belfry. Musgrove, who worked for Lee Janzen in 1997, was concerned about a conflict of interest so didn't go to Valderrama. And Sutton, who worked for Ben Curtis, did not work for him at Valhalla in 2008.

But nothing would stop Elliott, as he said in the Belfast Telegraph before the matches.

And one last titbit of information, he's an amateur chiropractor, which came in handy for Koepka at the at the AT&T Byron Nelson in May.

A handy week's work then for the Portrush caddy. Now what about sorting out those signs?

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