They say that behind every great man there is a great woman. That is not an issue I wish to debate, but one school of thought that does fascinate me is a similar parallel that is drawn between the success of a professional golfer and the role of his caddie.

Branden Grace felt he owed much of his extraordinary success in 2012 to his now well-known bagman, Zack Rasego. The same man who “helped” Louis Oosthuizen to the Claret Jug in 2010. I don’t mean it scornfully, and having played some competitive golf I do accept that the caddie can be more than just a bag carrier. Some golfers in no way wish to engage with their caddie, and consider input or advice a distraction. But others depend on the help of their right hand man, and consider their opinion on club selection and the break of a putt…

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