Do golfers on the PGA Tour pay their own travel expenses?

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Do golfers on the PGA Tour pay their own travel expenses to and from Tour events? And what about rooming costs and meals?

— Larry Freeze, Topeka, Kan.
 
Yes, they do. And it can be pretty expensive. Some estimates place the annual expenditures on travel (including room and board) at upwards of $200,000 for a golfer who plays in events worldwide. In addition, pro golfers also have to pay their caddies each week. Not every deal is the same, but most caddies earn at least $1,200 per event, plus up to 10 percent of the weekly earnings. There is one caveat: Many of the top pros have their travel costs covered by their sponsors. But this is a perk enjoyed by only the best of the best. For some, playing on the PGA Tour can be an expensive endeavor. 

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