LET Players and caddies show support for Gerald Adams

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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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Player-Caddie relationship has its perks, drawbacks

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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.

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French Open Winner participate in Stephane's research

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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.

Source > European Tour

Korda fires caddie during round at US Women's Open

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SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. (AP) -- Jessica Korda turned to her boyfriend and said, ''Johnny, grab the bag, let's go.'' The 20-year-old American fired her caddie midway through the third round of the U.S. Women's Open, and Johnny DelPrete instantaneously went from spectator to participant. Korda said she and Jason Gilroyed had several disagreements over the first nine holes Saturday. ''It's a U.S. Open. It's a big week for me,'' she said after the round. ''It's one of the most important weeks for me of the year. I was just not in the right state of mind.'' The switch seemed to work: After shooting 5 over on the front nine, Korda was 1 under the rest of the way. She finished with a 76 and was tied for sixth at 1 over, 11 strokes behind leader Inbee Park. ''The first few holes I was very shaky, but my boyfriend/caddie kept me very calm out there and kept it very light,'' Korda said. ''And it was kind of funny seeing him fumble over yardage.'' DelPrete is a professional golfer, playing on the Web.com Tour in 2012, but had never caddied for Korda before. He'll be back on the bag for Sunday's final round.

Her father, 1998 Australian Open tennis champ Petr Korda, is the caddie for younger daughter Nelly this week. He caddied for Jessica when she was an amateur, but she said she wouldn't even consider asking him to switch from one child to the other Sunday. Nelly, the youngest player in the tournament at 14, was tied for 61st at 13 over. Gilroyed has caddied for Korda for about a year. Asked if they had issues before Saturday, she said, ''I think everybody has problems every week.'' She's not sure what will happen after Sunday, but DelPrete isn't a long-term option.

Korda had never fired a caddie mid-round before, or seen a playing partner do it - though she'd heard stories of it happening. ''I care about Jason a lot. He is a great guy,'' she said. ''That's just how it happens sometimes in life. That was one of those things today that it just unfolded. It was very hard for me to do. I'm not that type of person to take these things really easily.'' source > Yahoo-Sports

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