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BEFORE THEY HIT IT BIG
JESSICA MARKSBURY
July 04, 2011
Tour players haven't always been cashing seven-figure checks. Many made ends meet doing less glamorous work
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July 04, 2011

Before They Hit It Big

Tour players haven't always been cashing seven-figure checks. Many made ends meet doing less glamorous work

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Vijay Singh has banked $64,852,519 (and counting) on the PGA Tour, but he used to do odd jobs to pay the rent—including a stint in the 1980s as a bouncer at an Edinburgh nightclub. The worst part of working the door, Singh says, was turning away inebriated partiers who he worried would later jump him in the parking lot. Here are some less dangerous jobs that today's pros did before they made millions.

MARK CALCAVECCHIA

PGA Tour earnings: $24,013,332

"When I was 16, I was a bag boy at a Winn-Dixie in Florida. I wasn't a very good bag boy, but [the manager] liked me, so he promoted me to frozen foods. I froze my ass off. He was always asking, 'Where's Mark?' Well, I was in the bathroom warming up."

BRIAN DAVIS

PGA Tour earnings: $8,690,409

"I worked part-time delivering flowers. One Valentine's Day, I delivered a bunch of flowers to a woman who threw them back over my head. Obviously her guy was in a bit of trouble! Another time I turned up at an office full of girls, and as I opened the door they started cheering. They thought I was a male stripper. I said, 'Trust me—you don't want to see me naked.'"

STEVE MARINO

PGA Tour earnings: $8,668,719

"I worked as a caddie at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Club in Lake Manassas, Va., during my last year of college. I hated caddying because everybody sucked. They were bad. It took forever."

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