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Major victory makes caddie Dave ace of clubs.

Caddie Dave "Buddy" Renwick yesterday toasted the success of his boss Vijay Singh - and the Scot knows a thing or two about celebrating.

Renwick, famed for his hard-living, is now even more of a celebrity in his own right after helping Singh win the US PGA in Seattle on Sunday with his no-nonsense advice.

And it means Renwick, who picked up a pounds 60,000 bonus for the victory, is a three- time Majors winner as a caddie - not bad for a wee man from East Calder, West Lothian. The larger- than-life character has consistently beaten his famous employers to the headlines during 27 years on the golf tour.

He and a fellow caddie once went on an all-night bender, only finishing two hours before they were due on the tee.

Renwick said: "We swallowed a packet of extra-strong mints and zig-zagged round the course."

Another exploit saw Renwick, 45, get drunk, oversleep and miss the tee- off time. Spanish golfer Jose Marie Olazabal was left furious - and his equally angry manager had to carry the bag.

Despite the big time, Renwick remembers his roots and remains an honorary member of tiny Pumpherston Golf Club in West Lothian.

However, all of his scrapes are overshadowed by a road accident which claimed the lives of two of his best friends nine years ago.

Renwick was jailed for six months for reckless driving when he appeared in court in Kent.

To this day, he doesn't like talking about the incident.

Caddies David Kirk, 31, of Irvine, Ayrshire and Bill Brown, 55, of Yorkshire, were killed.

After being released, Renwick resumed his job as bag carrier to Olazabal. Their stormy partnership ended in 1994 after a row over pay.

Olazabal once said of him: "He's a malhombre (bad man)." But yesterday, the world of golf didn't agree.
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Author:Ferguson, Iain
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 18, 1998
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