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Kevin Currie, Golf Editor
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - If you watch as much golf as someone in my position does, sure enough you will hear an announcer every week say something about a player's caddie being a good golfer himself.
And they aren't kidding. There are several tour caddies that gave up trying to make it to the PGA Tour after years playing the mini-tours. They stay close to the big leagues by lugging golf bags around for a living. It is a rare occasion when one of those caddies gets to play an official PGA Tour event.
Last weekend, Lance Ten Broeck pulled off an historic doubleheader. Ten Broeck, a former regular on the PGA Tour, was listed as an alternate for the Texas Open. Thursday morning, he saddled up for his normal gig as Jesper Parnevik's caddie.
Upon completion of Parnevik's first round, a tour official tracked down Ten Broeck and told him he was in the field after David Berganio had withdrawn with a back injury. Ten Broeck had a little more than 90 minutes until he teed off.
In that time, Ten Broeck went to a nearby mall to get some pants, borrowed Richard S. Johnson's clubs, Tag Ridings' putter, David Duval's shoes and Lee Janzen's glove.
He then headed to the first tee, where he was paired with D.A. Points and Darron Stiles. Ten Broeck went out and carded a one-over 71.
"It's the first time I have done it," Ten Broeck said after his round. "In Mexico a few years ago, I had an opportunity, but it was the same [tee off] time as Parnevik's so I chose to work. I didn't have my clubs then, but then again I didn't have them this time either. I had to borrow clubs."
Ten Broeck is in an exclusive group, as it is believed to be the only time anyone has ever done such a thing.
The 53-year-old followed his 71 with an even-par 70 on Friday to finish two rounds at one-over-par 141. He did miss the cut, which fell at one-under-par 139.
After playing the first round with one set of clubs, he had to piece together another set for the second round because Johnson had to use his clubs Friday afternoon.
"I played with a different set today than I did yesterday because the set I used yesterday, they're Richard Johnson's and he had to use those this afternoon," Ten Broeck said on Friday. "I couldn't use them, so I had to get another set. So it was a little difficult, actually."
Ten Broeck missed the cut by two shots playing with two different sets of clubs, and he still managed to caddie 31 of Parnevik's 36 holes. Ten Broeck's son took his place for the first few holes of Parnevik's second round, while the elder Ten Broeck completed Parnevik's second round.
Not a bad week for any professional golfer. But just how good was it? He beat his boss, Parnevik, by three strokes. Parnevik went 70-74 to miss the cut at plus-four. Ten Broeck also bettered 51 other pros that teed it up at LaCantera last week.
Parnevik told Golfweek magazine, "(Ten Broeck) beat half the field hung over and tired."
The next time an announcer says that someone's caddie is a very good golfer himself, don't doubt the revelation as I used to do.
LUCIDI CARRIES ON AFTER SCARY INCIDENT
To this day, there is a one golf course I will never play again. It has nothing to do with the condition of the course, or how I played the course. The reason is what I saw on the 18th green that day.
My friends and I were on the 14th or 15th hole -- can't remember which -- when someone frantically stopped us asking if we knew CPR. The reason was that a golfer was felled on the 18th green by a heart attack. We kept playing knowing we wouldn't finish our round.
When we reached the 17th tee, paramedics were tending to the gentlemen on the 18th green. The 17th tee overlooks the final green and when we were walking to the tee, I watched as paramedics shocked the gentleman with a defibrillator in hopes of reviving him. Seeing that was not a pleasant site and unfortunately, they were not successful.
Last weekend cameras caught Becky Lucidi on the ground on the 12th hole during Saturday's third round of the Sybase Classic. Things were not nearly as dire for the 2002 U.S. Women's amateur champion.
Lucidi, who has a heart condition, remained on the ground for several minutes as she was tended to. Defying the odds, she bounced back to finish her round.
The 25-year-old has a pacemaker for her condition, but it was not known whether that existing ailment led to her collapse. The tour does not release personal information about its players.
No matter the cause, Lucidi managed to also complete the final round the following day. She ended in a tie for 23rd place, which was her only made cut in six starts this season.
- Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Amy Mickelson, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Her husband, three-time major champion Phil Mickelson, will take a leave of absence from the tour to support his wife as her treatments begin.
- Pat Perez will be out of action for up to two months with an ankle injury. He was running with his dog and missed a curb as the dog pulled him one direction as Perez tried to go another. He tore two of three ligaments in his ankle.
- Shane Lowry, the 22-year-old Irishman who became the third amateur to win on the European Tour last week, turned pro on Thursday and will compete next week at the European Open. Lowry had planned on playing in the Walker Cup in September, but the lure of playing for big paychecks was too much.
- Cheyenne Woods, Tiger's niece, will compete in her first LPGA Tour event during the last weekend of June. Cheyenne accepted a sponsor's invitation to play in the Wegmans LPGA.
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