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PGA ace used £1bn Utah Jazz owner as caddie who is richer than Tiger Woods

PGA Tour ace Tony Finau has used Utah Jazz owner Ryan Smith as his caddie who is said to be richer than golf mega star Tiger Woods. Smith is a billionaire businessman from Oregon who is the co-founder of management company Qualtrics, whilst also having ownership shares in Utah Jazz, and MLS setup Real Salt Lake.

Following an uber-successful career the American is reportedly worth $1.5 billion (£1.1bn) according to Forbes. As well as his connection to basketball and football, Smith is also no stranger to the world of golf.

As a result, the American is good friends with four-time PGA Tour winner Finau and, when the 32-year-old called for Smith's help on the bag, he was there to jump in.

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At the end of 2021 the Hero World Challenge returned to the Bahamas last year, and the world No. 14 was without usual caddie Mark Urbanek due to staying at home with his heavily pregnant wife. This is where billionaire pal Smith stepped in.

Revealing what it was like to receive the caddie call from one of the world's top golfers, he said per The Sun: "He called me and he's like, 'Bro, I need you to caddie for me.' I had to answer the bell, right? When Tony calls, you go. He doesn't ask for a lot."

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Discussing what his work of hard work was like with Finau, Smith went on: "So I know his game well enough and his temperament… it's the perfect setup. But hauling a 50-pound bag around… I think everyone thinks I'm on vacation. This is hard work. I'm exhausted."

Their week in the Bahamas was a productive one, as Smith helped the world No. 9 to an impressive tied-seventh finish on 13-under-par, five shots behind eventual champion Viktor Hovland. Finau and Smith have reportedly been friends since both growing up together in Salt Lake City as kids.

Describing the business man as a 'great friend', the four-time Tour winner told Golf Channel: "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.”

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