Lee Westwood becomes another high profile player to change his bagman this week after parting company with his long-term caddie Mick Doran.
Westwood gave Doran his marching orders only weeks after their last win at the Dimension Data Pro-Am in South Africa.
“Things had become a little bit stale so I thought it was time for a change”, said Westwood on the eve of the Inaugural Seve Ballesteros Trophy.
Westwood’s new bagman will be Martin Gray, the former caddie of Dane Thomas Bjorn and European Captain Seve Ballesteros. But the arrangement between Westwood and his townsman Gray, also from Worksop is currently week to week as he will scour the length and depth of the caddie world for a more permanent replacement for Doran.
There will be a queue a mile long around the caddie shacks of the world as Westwood’s bag is one of the most lucrative in golf. The Ryder Cup star travels the globe winning money and is one of very few players who have won on each continent.
This year is seeing a trend in caddie sackings with Nick Faldo starting the replacement trend letting Fanny Suneson go after ten years of loyal partnership and four major Championships. But she was not long on the shelf as Sergio Garcia immediately employed her, only to send her packing a week before The Masters.
David Duval sacked his long time sidekick, Mitch Knox after years of success and Retief Goosen lost his caddie, Glen ‘Hopper’ Murray, to Garcia and they have made a promising start in their partnership.
It is a regular happening now as the money in the caddieing world increases the same speed as the purses on tour and more and more bagmen are becoming a high earners in their own right. But the gravy train will always stop somewhere if the partnership gets stale, even between friends such as Westwood and Doran.