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Renwick says working for Singh is no fun

British caddie Dave Renwick is prepared to give up the most lucrative bag in the game because he no longer enjoys working for world number one Vijay Singh.

Renwick, who caddied for seven of Singh's nine U.S. PGA Tour victories in 2004, is likely to have been paid around $1 million last year by the Fijian who became the first player to earn more than $10 million in a single tour season.

However, the pair have not worked together since the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Hawaii last November, with Edinburgh-based Renwick opting to spend time at home with his family.

"We're still friends but I wasn't enjoying working for Vijay, even though I was making a lot of money," Renwick told Reuters on Tuesday.

"I'd wake up in the morning and not really look forward to the day's work."

Singh, who ended Tiger Woods's five-year reign as world number one last September, earned more than $11 million worldwide in 2004.

Renwick, as is standard for top-class caddies, is likely to have received a minimum 10 percent of his employer's winnings.

"There's been very little fun working for Vijay, even during practice rounds," added the Scot, who first caddied for Singh between 1997 and 2000 and then for a second spell over the last half of 2003 and for most of last year.

Three-times major winner Singh is renowned for the amount of time he spends in practice and once warned a caddie that he opened up and closed the practice range, routinely hitting 500 balls in a day.

"I don't mind being on the range but my time with Vijay has been all work, all hard graft," added Renwick.

"For the last few months, I've just been hanging out at home and spending time with my wife and family. I've joined a gym to get into shape. I'll be ready to go back to work.

"However if Vijay was wanting to take me back, I'd consider it. I'll be speaking with him early in March."

Singh, who chose to end the pair's initial spell together in 2000, paid tribute to Renwick last year.

"Dave is a long-time friend," he said. "He was my caddie for three years before and is just such a hard worker. He's there and is very grumpy most of the time but in a good way.

"He'll let you know if you're doing something wrong, and he's a very good clubber. I'm pretty happy with his work and I guess he's happy with what he's been rewarded with."

At the season-opening Mercedes Championships in Hawaii last week, Singh had his personal trainer and close friend Joey Diovisalvi on his bag. For this week's Sony Open and beyond, his former caddie Paul Tesori will do duty.

Renwick was on Singh's bag for all three of his major victories -- the 1998 U.S. PGA Championship at Sahalee, the 2000 U.S. Masters and last year's U.S. PGA Championship at Whistling Straits.

Whether or not he reunites with the smooth-swinging Fijian later this year, he has no immediate plans to end his caddying days.

"I'm not retired," he said. "If I don't come back with Vijay, I'll look for someone else."

 

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