Open 2012: Man City star caddies for Romero

Carlos Tevez caddies for Argentina's Andres Romero
Carlos Tevez caddies for Argentina's Andres Romero
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Very few rounds of 82 receive - or indeed deserve - a rousing welcome to the 18th green at The Open and it is almost unheard of for a caddie to be the focus of all the attention.

So the sight of Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez grinning broadly and giving the thumbs-up to the galleries lining the fairway as he carried the bag of Andres Romero was an unlikely one to say the least.

The 28-year-old’s affinity with golf has been well documented in the last year as it seemed he was photographed on the course in Argentina almost every day after walking out of City following a row with manager Roberto Mancini.

Tevez was at Royal Lytham yesterday to watch his compatriot shoot 77 - which was easily his worst score in three rounds by seven shots - but went one step further on the final day as he got onto the fairway as Romero’s caddie.

But if he was hoping to inspire the 31-year-old to a last-day rally he failed miserably as the Argentinian, who five years ago had a two-shot lead on the 17th tee in the final round of The Open at Carnoustie only to suffer a late collapse, carded a woeful 12-over round which dropped him to dead last.

Romero, however, refused to blame his occasional bagman - who did little else apart from carry the clubs and attract unnecessary attention.

Walking down the last there were shouts of “Carlos” - or “Carlito” from the Spanish-speakers - even while the players were lining up their approaches.

The City striker appeared to be having a whale of a time, which is more than can be said for his golfing friend.

“Yes, I enjoyed the round. The course is beautiful,” said Tevez.

“The chance to walk along the course and to be around these great players is a pleasure and something unforgettable.

“It was good to enjoy the last day with him. This was the dream of everybody who plays golf. It was my first major!”

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“It was difficult to carry the bag because it weighed so much but it was fine.

“I couldn’t give any advice about the slopes but I just carried the bag and supported him each hole.

“Andres is a professional and he knows everything already. We worked together very well.”

Romero was playing so badly Tevez, a 13-handicapper, could probably have done just as a good a job with the clubs in his hands as opposed to in the bag.

Asked whether he would like to play professionally when he retires from football the controversial striker added: “No, just with my friends as an amateur. I don’t want to change from that.

“The golf bag hurts my shoulder too much, I prefer to play football - and my pants were very tight.”

Tevez is not the first to swap sports and have a go carrying the bag - and he is certainly not the first in The Open.

Famously tennis star Todd Woodbridge was enlisted to caddie for 1991 champion Ian Baker-Finch in 1997 at Troon.

It did not go well. Baker-Finch arrived at the course intending to commentate and not play as his game was in such bad shape and he had sent his regular caddy home.

He was persuaded to compete by fellow professionals and asked fellow Aussie Woodbridge, who was staying with him, to carry his bag.

Baker-Finch proceeded to shoot 92 and retired after the first round.

Romero, a Boca Juniors fan who claims he watches City a lot, said he enjoyed his morning with Tevez.

“Yesterday he came to my house and he asked me first and we all agreed he would take the bag,” said the Argentinian, whose regular caddie Anibal Nunez was relegated to the role of interpreter for his post-round interview.

“We really enjoyed the day but I’ve not paid Carlos yet - we will see,” said Romero.

“I was playing really badly so we weren’t talking about golf at all.

“We talked about the weather conditions but he didn’t give me any advice on yardages or club selection.”

Asked whether he thought Tevez could turn professional he added: “I advise him to keep playing soccer because he is good at that.”