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Open organisers may change rules after Tevez cameo

ESPN staff
July 24, 2012
Carlos Tevez could not help Andres Romero to a good score © PA Photos

The Royal & Ancient Club, organiser of the Open Championship, has admitted it might impose tougher restrictions on players' caddies after Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez's surprise appearance on Sunday.

Tevez, an avid golfer, carried the bag of fellow Argentine Andres Romero for the final round at Royal Lytham & St Annes - as Romero carded a score of 82 to finish last of those who made the cut.

A sizeable crowd followed Romero because of Tevez's presence, however, and the R&A admitted that the case has given them a number of things to ponder.

"Well, I think we may need to look at this particular case," said Jim McArthur, chairman of the tournament committee, when asked if the tournament had been disrespected in some way. "Obviously it just happened [on Sunday] but we haven't had a chance to discuss this.

"Maybe it's something we need to just have a look at. We do normally get a list of caddies at the beginning of the week and we take that into account."

The player's final round score has caused them some concern, however.

"It's not for me to say anything about players' choice of caddie, as long as they behave in the best traditions of the Championship and within the rules," R&A chief executive Peter Dawson said. "I can't really comment.

"For all I know, Mr. Tevez may be a very experienced caddie. I've got no information as to his background. But whether it's the player's fault or the caddie's fault that the score was so high, I couldn't possibly comment."

The attention Tevez brought to Romero, and the tournament as a whole, has not escaped notice, however - even if organisers admitted initially being stumped as to why so many fans were following Romero's group, despite the player being so far from contention.

"The one thing we couldn't quite understand is why such a big crowd was following a match at the end of the field, until we realised actually who was doing the caddying," McArthur said.

Dawson added: "Pretty interesting I thought because of the big crowd following the group that golf fans and football fans may overlap a little more than I had realised. It's not a bad thing, perhaps."

However, McArthur noted that Tevez will perhaps need to improve his technique if he is to take up caddying on a full-time basis.

"The strange thing for me was he never put the bag down, so when he was standing on the green he was carrying the bag all over the place," McArthur observed. "It's just absolute madness. I suppose he'll learn from that if he does that for the rest of the season."

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