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Arnold Palmers Open caddie dies aged 71

James "Tip" Anderson, the longtime caddie for Arnold Palmer at the British Open, died over the weekend at his home in St. Andrews. He was 71.

"It is so sad to know that my old friend, Tip Anderson, is gone," Palmer said Monday. "Tip was the epitome of the Old World caddie -- a man of few words, wry Scottish wit, loyal, punctual and, of course, very good at what he did."

Anderson won the St. Andrews Boys' Open Championship in 1948 and worked as a clubmaker, but decided in the 1950s to be a caddie at St. Andrews.

He wound up with Palmer in the 1960 British Open at St. Andrews, the year Palmer won the Masters and U.S. Open and created the notion of a "Grand Slam" by playing the British Open for the first time.

Palmer finished second at St. Andrews, but he used Anderson as his caddie in the British Open every time he played. He won the British Open in 1961 at Royal Birkdale and in 1962 at Royal Troon.

Anderson last caddied for Palmer in the 1990 British Open at St. Andrews. "We still saw each other form time to time after that, when I visited Britain," Palmer said. "I hope that Tip had one last beverage the day he passed away. It would have been most appropriate."

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