Tuesday 20 February 2018

McDowell bag man named 'Caddie of Year'

Bernie McGuire

Graeme McDowell has been the toast of the European Tour this year, but last night it was the turn of his caddie Ken Comboy to steal the limelight.

Comboy was voted 'Caddie of the Year' at a now annual function hosted by HSBC in the 'Caddie Bay' of the Le Meriden Hotel that is housing competitors in the HSBC Champions event in Shanghai.

Ryder Cup stars from both Europe and the USA were present when Comboy was voted just ahead of Scotland's Craig Connolly, who caddies for Martin Kaymer.

Lancashire-born Comboy has been on the bag full-time for McDowell since the mid-2006.

During that time, McDowell has captured five tournaments, including this year's US Open, and played in the past two Ryder Cups, holing the winning putt in September at Celtic Manor. Comboy has also helped McDowell boost his world ranking from 118th four years ago to his latest career high of No 10.

He was presented with his award by McDowell. "Ken has been huge for my career over these past four-and-a-half years, but then he is more than just a caddie -- he's also a great friend, he's a mediator, he's a psychologist, he's a coach, he's everything," enthused McDowell.

"He is phenomenal under pressure and we saw that clearly at the US Open. He's also great for picking me up when I'm down and he's superb at keeping me level when I need to be level. So, to win the 'Caddie of the Year' title in front of all his peers and in front of so many players present here, I know will mean a lot to him."

• Mark O'Meara surged into contention at the Schwab Cup Championship on the Champions Tour with a scintillating six-under-par 65 in the second round. O'Meara, who won both the US Masters and the British Open in 1998, went out in 32 as he moved to seven-under overall. John Cook, who eagled the 16th, leads the way on nine-under, with Tom Kite and Tom Lehman on eight-under.

Irish Independent

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