de Velde hires a new bagman
Frenchman Jean Van
de Velde, whose triple-bogey seven at the final hole cost him the British
Open title last month, has changed his controversial caddie.
His new bag carrier
beginning this week at the NEC Invitational in Akron, Ohio, will be Australian
Graham Heindrich, who has worked in the past for Nick Faldo and Greg Norman.
Van de Velde's misadventures
on Carnoustie's 72nd hole, where he could have won with a double-bogey
six, earned him a huge reputation. But his caddie at the time, Christophe
Angiolini, was widely criticized for not intervening in the Frenchman's
Van de Velde later
defended his bag-carrier, which many felt should have convinced him to
play safer second or third shots before hitting into the greenside stream.
"If he had stood
in my way with a wedge in his hand I would have knocked him down and thrown
him in the water," Van de Velde said with a smile after the Open.
But he explained
this week, in the wake of his qualification for Europe's Ryder Cup team,
that he was parting with Angiolini. Van de Velde said their working agreement
Heindrich takes over
his bag beginning Thursday, a tournament for players on Presidents Cup
and Ryder Cup teams.