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Woosnam sacks problem caddie

For Ian Woosnam it was the last straw.

Two weeks after Woosnam lost two strokes at the British Open for having the wrong number of clubs in the bag, the former Master's champion fired his caddie for failing to show up for the final round of the Scandinavian Masters.

"You know what the circumstances are gong to be this time," Woosnam said. "I gave him a chance. He had one warning. That was it."

David Byrne, who two weeks ago failed to count the clubs in Woosnam's bag before the first tee on the final round of the British Open, did show up later on the course but Woosnam had already teed off with caddiemaster Tommy Strand carrying his clubs.

Club officials also helped Woosnam break into his locker to gain access to his golf shoes since Byrne had the key.

Woosnam shared the lead at the British Open for a brief moment after a remarkably played par-three. After his birdie he was informed by his caddie that he was "going to go ballistic" because of the extra club in his bag.

"I want to forget it and just remember I finished third in the Open," was all Woosnam had to say before the start of the Scandinavian Masters.

The 43-year-old from Wales won the Masters in 1991 and has finished atop the Order of Merit twice in his career.


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