Meet Harry Diamond: Rory McIlroy’s Caddie

 

Rory McIlroy and his caddie Harry Diamond at the RBC Canadian Open
Rory McIlroy (right) and caddie Harry Diamond (left) at the RBC Canadian Open
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Rory McIlroy is a professional golfer on the PGA tour and a future member of the Hall of Fame. He has one of the purest swings in golf and is known to drive the golf ball a mile. His golf game has the entire package and is validated by his 20 victories on the PGA tour. In fact, McIlroy is knocking on the door of the career grand slam, where only 5 golfers have won all 4 majors on the tour. Rory’s skill and talent are undeniable but we know very well that the success of any golfer is due in part to the person that wears multiple hats on the course – from psychologist to risk assessment analyst – the caddie. Let’s get to know Rory McIlroy’s caddie.

Who is Rory McIlroy’s caddie?

Rory McIlroy’s caddie is Harry Diamond. Harry Diamond has a very strong background in golf and is regarded as an exceptional player. McIlroy even caddied for Diamond back in the day when they were both still sharpening their skills. He and McIlroy have been friends since the days of junior golf where they met on a putting green at Hollywood country club. Rory was 7 and Harry was 12. Since then, McIlroy has considered Diamond a very close friend, McIlroy considers Diamond as an older brother.

When did Harry Diamond begin caddying for Rory McIlroy?

Harry Diamond started caddying for Rory McIlroy in August of 2017 after Rory ending a 9-year partnership with JP Fitzgerald. Since their partnership began, McIlroy and Diamond have secured 7 wins on tour. If win/year is a good barometer of how successful a partnership is, then Rory having Diamond as his caddie may be a slightly better one than when Fitzgerald was on the bag. Together two have 1.75 wins/year compared to 1.44 wins/year.

How much does Harry Diamond, Rory McIlroy’s Caddie, Make a year?

Due to the performance-based nature of a caddie’s earnings, we can expect quite a bit of fluctuation from one year to the next. To determine how much Harry Diamond made while caddying for Rory McIlroy in the 2021-2022 season, we’ll use the formula most tour players use for paying their caddies: 5% of earnings if the player places outside the top 10, 7% if the player finishes within the top 10, and 10% if the player finishes in 1st place. Based on this information, we estimate that Diamond could have made close to $286,686 while caddying for McIlroy in the 2021-2022 season.

Here's the breakdown of how much money Harry Diamond made in 2022 caddying for Rory McIlroy

Tournament

Finish

Rory McIlroy's Earnings

% of Earnings

Harry Diamond's Earnings

THE CJ CUP @ SUMMIT

1

$1,755,000

10%

$175,500

Hero World Challenge *

18

$102,000

5%

$5,100

The Genesis Invitational

T10

$303,000

7%

$21,210

Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard

T13

$228,000

5%

$11,400

THE PLAYERS Championship

T33

$100,111

5%

$5,006

Masters Tournament

2

$113,400

7%

$7,938

Wells Fargo Championship

5

$369,000

7%

$25,830

PGA Championship

8

$436,600

7%

$30,562

the Memorial Tournament presented by Workday

T18

$142,800

5%

$7,140

Grand Total

12

$3,549,911

6%

$289,686

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