During ISPS Hand European Masters, LET members and caddies will be wearing blue badges with the initials ‘GA’ in support of Gerald Adams, a popular long-time caddie on tour who has worked for Laura Davies, Dale Reid and Lynnette Brooky among other players. His friends on Tour have been fundraising to help pay for Gerald’s treatment at the Datolli Clinic in Sarasota after he was diagnosed with prostate cancer last year, that had spread. Gerald was caddying for Laura Davies last year in Australia when they were paired with a celebrity chef called Geoff Janz in the Pro-Am.
“He got an Australian specialist to contact me who told me that if I wanted to continue my life I would have to go to the Datolli Clinic in Florida,” Gerald explained. “My first prognosis was that I would have five to seven years to live. After two and a half months of treatment in America, with 50 doses of radiation and some radioactive seed implants, Dr Datolli told me that my cancer had gone and completely clear: a successful treatment! “I am very thankful and feel very lucky and I’d like to raise awareness. I feel that it’s a shame that I had to go to America to receive treatment. “The machine that detects the smallest particles of prostate cancer is in Orlando, but the injection used to allow the machine to highlight these areas is not yet approved by the American board.
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Show up, keep up and shut up. We’ve all heard those words before – they’re sort of the official unofficial motto of caddies, one which every looper from Eddie Lowery to Danny Noonan to Steve Williams has understood since the first time a strap touched their right shoulders. That motto may make for a nice sign to hang in the caddyshack, but it doesn’t ring true anymore – at least the last part. These days, caddies on the professional circuit are instead expected to speak up, calling out yardages, gauging wind conditions and suggesting clubs for their players. On Sunday, Ted Scott did just that. With his longtime loop Bubba Watson leading the Travelers Championship with three holes to play, Scott suggested a 9-iron over the 8-iron at the par-3 16th hole, and his player promptly deposited it in the water hazard guarding the front portion of the green.
By Jason Sobel
Graeme McDowell won the Alstom Open de France to claim his third title of "a funny year" that has brought either a missed cut or a victory in each of his last eight events. McDowell carded a closing 67 at Le Golf National to finish nine under par, four clear of South Africa's Richard Sterne, who had been only one behind until bogeys at the 16th and 17th.
Sterne eventually did well to par the 18th for a final round of 71 to make sure of outright second, with 2007 winner Graeme Storm and Spain's Eduardo de la Riva a shot behind. McDowell missed the cut in last week's Irish Open but reaped the rewards of staying on at Carton House over the weekend to work on his game, the first prize of €500,000 euros taking him within €30,000 of US Open Champion Justin Rose at the top of The Race to Dubai.
It should also lift McDowell from ninth to sixth when the Official World Golf Ranking.
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