Wednesday 21 February 2018

The Open in brief: Cameo caddie Tevez in no hurry to give up day job

Soccer player Carlos Tevez of Argentina (L) acts as caddie for compatriot Andres Romero during the final round of the British Open golf championship. Photo: Reuters
Soccer player Carlos Tevez of Argentina (L) acts as caddie for compatriot Andres Romero during the final round of the British Open golf championship. Photo: Reuters

GOLF nut Carlos Tevez certainly won't be hanging out at the caddyshack when he hangs up his boots. It's too much like hard work!

Spectators at the Open yesterday couldn't believe their eyes when they spied the Manchester City ace carrying his pal Andres Romero's golf bag.

Tevez thoroughly enjoyed himself, even if Romero slumped to last place in the championship with a calamitous final-round 82.

"It's the first time I've come to such a big tournament and it was a huge thrill," Tevez said. "I really enjoyed it."

Yet he's in no hurry to pick up a heavy Tour bag again. "Not much," he chuckled.

"My shoulder's killing me. "It's much easier playing football than carrying that bag around, it weighs a bit."

Tevez is a 13-handicap who rarely passes up the opportunity to play with his friends and brothers.

The diminutive soccer star didn't read any putts for Romero and was relieved that each group at the Open is accompanied by a bunker-raker.

"Luckily, I didn't have to rake any bunkers because it's complicated enough dragging that bag around -- I was just there to keep him company and see how a professional goes about the business," he added.

"He just wanted me to give him support and I enjoyed it."

Bagman takes quick pitstop to visit newborn

LUKE DONALD'S bagman John McLaren took just one day off for the birth of his first child ... they're certainly committed, these Tour caddies.

After missing Friday's second round to be with his wife, McLaren was back on Open duty at the weekend.

"Surprisingly, there wasn't too much baby talk out there on Saturday," said Donald.

"John only spent a day with little Georgina but he was certainly beaming when he got back."

Harrington gives long putters short shrift

LONG PUTTERS must be banned ... and sooner rather than later! That's the belief of Padraig Harrington, who said: "I suspect they're going to ban them. It's not because I've any knowledge but because that's more or less the consensus.

"They're going to have two years' grace, a bit like the grooves a few years ago.

"I just hope they don't wait too long."

Admitting that the rule change forbidding box-grooves severely affected him, Harrington, golfing ambassador to the R&A, joked: "If they don't ban long putters, then I want my grooves back."

The long-putter debate has been raging since Keegan Bradley's victory at last August's US PGA.

Webb Simpson then won the US Open with a belly-putter and intensified yesterday as Ernie Else clinched the Claret Jug with a long putter he once despised. At their next scheduled meeting in September, golf's ruling bodies, the USGA and R&A, will determine whether any stroke in which a club is anchored to any part of the body should be outlawed.

"I think it's incumbent on us to make our position reasonably clear in months rather than years," R&A chief executive Peter Dawson said.

Irish Independent

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