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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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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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 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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Communiqué de Presse Crans-Montana, Golf Club Crans-sur-Sierre, 49 ème Mémorial Olivier Barras le 19 Juin 2013 

Mise en ligne de une application interactive basée sur étude scientifique. Cette application est le fruit de 5 années de recherche et 6 mois de développement. Elle a été imaginée par Stéphane Barras, membre du golf club de Crans-sur-Sierre.

« CaddiePlayer » offre la possibilité à des amateurs, caddies, entraineurs et joueurs professionnels d’interagir et de profiter des dernières avancées en matière statistiques. « CaddiePlayer » est la solution pour identifier les « Interférences » et améliorer son score.

Depuis 2009, Stéphane Barras assiste et analyse les meilleurs joueurs du monde. Justin Rose, le vainqueur de l’US Open a également participé a l’étude publiée par Stéphane Barras > Une meilleure compréhension des distances et des objectifs sur le green.

Le Mémorial Olivier Barras est un tournois open amateurs/professionnels organisé en mémoire d’un parent de Stéphane Barras qui fut dans les années 60 l’un des meilleurs amateurs d’Europe. Le Mémorial Olivier Barras est un tournois de renommée International es qui se dispute depuis 49 ans pendant le mois de juin. Ont notamment remporté le Mémorial Olivier Barras > Michael Campbell et Raphael Jacquelin.

Depuis que le golf est devenu Olympique, Stéphane Barras se trouve en Chine ou il entraîne plusieurs joueurs et joueuses professionnels. En 2012, Stéphane Barras publie une étude scientifique sur le putting qui lui a valu une invitation au congrès mondial scientifique de golf ainsi qu’une publication dans le journal international des sciences du golf >

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