Posted June 09, 2014

Tech Billionaire Scott McNealy to Caddie for Son at U.S. Open

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Scott McNealy, Maverick McNealy

Sun Microsystems co-founder Scott McNealy caddies for his son amateur Maverick McNealy at a practice round prior to the start of the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst. (Getty Images)

Caddying isn’t known as the most lucrative of professions, but the 114th U.S. Open at Pinehurst will feature one loaded looper.

According to The Squander:

The wealthiest man walking the short grass at Pinehurst is actually a decent golfer in his own right, but he’ll be handing off the clubs instead of using any irons or wedges. His name is Scott McNealy and he’s a billionaire. He’s worth more than most of the top players at the 2014 US Open Championship combined.

McNealy made his fortune in Silicon Valley as the co-founder of Sun Microsystems, a computer technology company credited with, among other innovations, creating the Java programming language. He carried the clubs for his son Maverick, a freshman at Stanford, as he finished third at the U.S. Open sectional qualifying in Daly City, Calif., last week to punch his ticket to Pinehurst, and the duo has no plans to mess with success, despite the elder McNealy’s frayed nerves.

“I can get on national TV and it doesn’t faze me at all,” Scott told the San Francisco Chronicle, “but I’m a wreck out here.”

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69 comments
Mary Anchondo
Mary Anchondo

Way to go, Scott! So excited for Mav! Good luck!!

Ben Roseberry
Ben Roseberry

Have fun Scott & Mav!!! Priceless memories! Rooting for ya! :)

Frank27
Frank27

 he really should hire a caddy named Goose.

Taha D. Sarangani
Taha D. Sarangani

. .great. . .it's the love and the affection that matters most. .

Bob Dowling
Bob Dowling

I notice he carried the ultralight bag and not the full sponsor rig. I would.

Bobby Ph
Bobby Ph

Golf is out my mind . . .but u remaind me where I stand . . . .

opaque13
opaque13

Caddying for a child isn't allowed at USGA junior events.  If McNealy were really that smart, he'd get out of his kid's way and enjoy the experience as a parent.

Scott Anderson
Scott Anderson

I wonder how much Maverick tips his caddy? I've heard the caddies at the Open do pretty well.

Hans Ruseler
Hans Ruseler

Go Team McNealy. Have a great time and I wish you two will make the weekend.

Tibo Krebs
Tibo Krebs

Thomas Colombo Lavaux Jean Scholtès Edouard Penin bim

Chris Teehee
Chris Teehee

What a father wouldn't do for his son. Happy Father's Day!

Jake Todd
Jake Todd

And he's got manners holding his irons so they don't clatter in people's ears

Ed Murrell
Ed Murrell

Oats I'm still waiting to carry your clubs!

Wendy Crain-Sims
Wendy Crain-Sims

Haha read this last week Eric Tinley. Good story. With a Dad like that the kid is definitely going places!

Louis Lovasco
Louis Lovasco

Hope his son wins it with dad on the bag. Great memories being made.

Ryan Shamrock
Ryan Shamrock

It is great to see this. There are many people of this stature that would pay to have someone caddy for their son. I respect this guy 100% for being a real father and spending time with his son especially with this opportunity. Go get it guys

Deddisun Jackson Won
Deddisun Jackson Won

This is a great story. He's a billionaire. So what? He didn't buy his son's spot in the US open. They grinded like everyone and earned it. All the while pop was supporting proudly. Awesome.

Thomas Conley
Thomas Conley

That's what being a great father is all about! It's not the money!

tommyrogo
tommyrogo

How cool is that.  Not that he is a billionaire, but caddying for your son at the US Open.  All the founders of Sun were Stanford graduates.  Sun was derived from the S tanford U niversity N etwork.  They got rich when they went public and richer when Oracle bought them for over $7 billion.

Charlie Davenport
Charlie Davenport

So speaketh a non-billionaire.. this falls in the same world as knowing how gay people speak, and the way black people speak, and the way poor people speak and on and on... Do these people speak in a different way or are they just better at expressing themselves? Right now, I hear only jealousy and nothing to do with facts on how someone speaks... break it down.. give examples, not just accusations...

James Feng
James Feng

Not a reflection on what he would be but a reflection on how many billionaires act. Most act pompous and entitled. So when you see a billionaire that doesn't act that way, it is refreshing.

Charlie Davenport
Charlie Davenport

I love the folks who think that being a billionaire makes you pompous... that is their interp based on how they would be... I think he's doing what he would do if he had $0.00 in the bank... Joey Wright.. think about it.. he's a father first and then has a couple bucks to spare... maybe that's a personal reflection on how you would be...

atwood.t
atwood.t

@tommyrogo Not all were Stanford grads. Bill Joy was a U of Michigan undergrad and a grad student at UC Berkeley.  McKnealy, Bechtolsheim and Khosla were all Stanford graduate students.  But, you are correct that the name "SUN" came from "Stanford University Network".

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