Posted 24th July 1998
devastated by wife's death
Australia - Australian golf star Stuart Appleby is expected
to return home next week with the body of his wife, who was killed
on Thursday in a London car accident.
Renay, 25, was knocked down by a car as the couple prepared to catch
the Eurostar train to Paris. They were planning a short vacation
before he played in next week's Scandinavian Masters in Sweden.
Yard spokeswoman told reporters Renay Appleby was killed while she
was unloading luggage from a taxi outside Waterloo Station.
A car reversed
as she walked towards the kerb, pinning her against the car behind
it. She was rushed to a nearby hospital but was pronounced dead
News of her
death has stunned the world's golfing community.
us at the PGA Tour are shocked and saddened by the news of Renay
Appleby's death," PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said in
a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to Stuart at
this difficult time."
Renay was well
known on the international golf circuit.
holder at the Australian Institute of Sport, she met Appleby in
1992 when they were paired together during a tournament in the United
She won a number
of amateur tournaments in Australia, including the 1994 South Pacific
Women's Classic, before following Appleby to the United States when
he qualified for the secondary Nike Tour in 1995.
for him in his early days in America, first on the Nike Tour, then
on the main U.S. PGA Tour.
She gave up
caddying in 1996, shortly before Appleby broke through to win his
first major title, the 1997 Honda Classic in Florida. The pair married
in December that year.
the head of International Management Group which looks after Appleby's
affairs, told Australian Broadcasting Corporation radio on Friday
that the golfer was devastated by the loss of his wife.
golf is a huge part of his life, the most important thing to him
was Renay, his family and his friends," Jolly said.
the sort of fellow he is. He was there with Renay when this happened.
He was in the hospital for a few hours.
obviously in a state of shock. This is just a tragic thing that
has happened to Stuart and I just hope he can pull through."