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Tevez cameo sparks controversy

Footballer's appearance as caddie at Lytham draws criticism

Last Updated: 24/07/12 12:52pm

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Carlos Tevez (L) acted as caddie for Andres Romero (R) during the final round of The Open at Lytham

Carlos Tevez (L) acted as caddie for Andres Romero (R) during the final round of The Open at Lytham

Carlos Tevez's unscheduled appearance as a caddie in the final round of the Open Championship could force a clampdown from the game's authorities.

The Manchester City striker made headlines on Sunday when he carried the bag for his fellow Argentine Andres Romero at Royal Lytham.

Tevez, a 13-handicapper, admitted he could not offer his professional any advice during the round and the decision did not benefit Romero who ended up posting a final round of 82 to finish dead last of those players who made the halfway cut.

The move has drawn strong criticism from Royal and Ancient committee chairman Jim McArthur who hinted his organisation could investigate the issue.

"He never put the bag down, even when he was standing on the green - it's just absolute madness," McArthur was quoted as saying by several newspapers.

"I think we need to to look at this particular case. We normally get a list of caddies at the start of the week."

However, R&A chief executive Peter Dawson took a less dim view of the incident and claimed it could even help bring news fans to the sport.

"It was pretty interesting," he stated. "I thought, because of the big crowd following the group, that golf fans and football fans may overlap a little more than I had realised.

"It's not a bad thing, perhaps."

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