News & ToursAugust 29, 2007

Toms Dumps Longtime Caddie

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With a $10 million annuity going to the winner of the FedEx Cup and a total purse of $35 million being paid out, one hot topic on the practice range lately has been what kind of bonus caddies can expect if their player wins a ton of dough.

A hotter topic this week at the Deutsche Bank will be some of the player-caddie breakups that have gone down in recent days.

Scott Gneiser, who had caddied for David Toms for more than eight years while Toms won 11 times and earned almost $25 million, has been let go. Fortunately for Gneiser, he wasn't unemployed for very long. Anthony Kim has hired Gneiser to work for him this week at the Deutsche Bank.

Kim, a PGA Tour Rookie-of-the-Year candidate who has earned more than $1.5 million this year, dumped caddie Ron (Bambi) Levin after the final round of The Barclays on Sunday. Levin had been with Kim since late last year, when Kim finished tied for second at the Valero Texas Open and T-16 at the Southern Farm Bureau Classic. Prior to that, Levin had caddied for 2004 British Open champion Todd Hamilton.

Toms will have former Justin Leonard caddie Brent Everson on the bag this week.

--Tim Rosaforte

(Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images)**

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