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The Kilted Caddie shares his caddie experience for David Walsh, the three-time Sportswriter of the Year and Lance Armstrong exposer, at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship…

Tyrrell Hatton poses with his Alfred Dunhill Links Championship trophy

Anyhow, what an experience for a week. The food provided on the course was first class with delicious Balgove Farm brioche burgers and hot dogs, wonderful Cullen skink and Pittenweem salmon sandwiches, all served plentifully to players and caddies alike, at several points on the way around. The chaps at Alfred Dunhill know how to put a show on, as highlighted by the incredible firework display over the West Sands on Saturday evening.

I met a good few characters and shook hands with several celebrities including the gentlemen, ex-Lions captain Paul O’Connell and Sir A.P. McCoy. We heard many funny stories including an anecdote from Tom Lewis’s caddie Alastair, a rather hefty chap from Sunningdale with a brilliant deadpan delivery. He mentioned that the caddies had been put up in the Athletes Village at the Olympics. David asked him what sport he told people he was doing, to which he immediately retorted with a most serious expression, ‘hurdles!’

The Dunhill and AT&T are excellent golf tournaments and bring much fun, colour and lightheartedness to the sometimes overly serious professional circuit. The mix certainly worked for Jordan Spieth, and I noticed that this year’s winner, Tyrrell Hatton, was having a good few laughs out on the practice range at Carnoustie.

A lesson perhaps for all.

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