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Seve sacks his caddie in second round of Spanish Open

Madrid, Spain, 25th April - Seve Ballesteros sacked Martin Gray, his caddie for the last twelve months, at the sixth hole in second round of the Spanish Open.

It is his fourth caddie in two years and his 10th in the past decade.

Afterwards Seve, who is being sued by his previous caddie Joey Jones for breach of contract, said about his disagreement with Martin Gray "We both think it is better that we have a break from each other. We both said the same thing to each other at the same time."

The exchange came at the par- five 6th hole, their 15th, where Ballesteros drove into the lake for the second time in two days to take a six.

The relationship between Ballesteros and Martin Gray had become strained over what is being called on the Tour as the "apple incident". In Dubai Ballesteros was handed an apple by Gray on the 10th tee which Ballesteros threw away after one bite complaining that it was too soft. Gray then remarked "What do you want a caddie or a greengrocer?"

Raul Ballesteros, the 16-year-old son of Baldomero, Seves brother, and a two-handicapper will be the bag-carrier for the final 36-holes.

Ballesteros scored a second round 73 to go one-under for the tournament on 143 to make sure he plays in the final two rounds after the cut-off had made at level-par. It is the first he has made in seven starts.

Mark James leads the field after the first two rounds on a total of 135 with Thomas Bjorn, Lee Westwood and Roger Chapman all two shots behind on 137.