NASSAU, Bahamas – The Hero World Challenge is one of the year’s most relaxed events and when Tony Finau found himself in the market for a replacement caddie he went looking down a unique path.
Finau’s regular caddie, Mark Urbanek, couldn’t make the trip because his wife is expecting a child so Finau turned to Ryan Smith, the owner of the Utah Jazz who worth an estimated $15 billion.
“Ryan has been a good friend of mine. I gave him a shout about six weeks ago and asked him if he would mind. He was more than happy to be here. He’s been a great friend and a great mentor,” Finau said.
Finau said he and Smith, who purchased the Jazz last October, had been talking about having him caddie for years and the limited-field, no-cut World Challenge was the perfect opportunity.
As for how Finau plans to compensate his fill-in caddie he laughed, “He’s taking an extreme pay cut, I know that. It’s a fun atmosphere and the perfect tournament to bring Ryan along.”