The 2014 US Open Championship kicks off this week at Pinehurst, the richest man on the course won’t be named Tiger, Phil or Bubba.
He won’t even be eligible to win the 2014 US Open Championship trophy.
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’s is a co-founder of the Silicon Valley tech titan Sun Microsystems. His 18-year-old son Maverick, a freshman at Stanford who qualified for the 2014 US Open Championship at a sectional tournament at the Olympic Club in Daly City, California. Maverick McNealy shot 67 at Lake Merced and 69 at the Olympic Club’s Ocean Course. He finished the sectional at 7-under par which was good enough to grab one of five available berths in the 2014 US Open Championship.
Maverick asked his father to be his caddie this week for his 2014 US Open Championship debut.
The senior McNealy is a good enough golfer to play Pinehurst — He’s consistently ranked one of the best amateur golfers in the business world and makes regular appearances at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am tournament. Scott McNealy was once ranked one of the best CEO golfers in the world by Golf Digest.
Scott McNealy co-founded Sun Microsystems in 1982 along with Vinod Khosla, Bill Joy, and Andy Bechtolsheim. In 1984, McNealy took over the CEO role. In 2006, Scott McNealy stepped down as CEO after serving in that position for 22 years. Scott McNealy is one of the few CEOs of a major corporation to have had a tenure of over twenty years.
Scott McNealy’s estimated net worth is rumored to be over $1 billion.