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Caddie Keri gets all the cash!
CADDIES, as a rule, receive 10 percent of a golfer’s winnings. But when does the caddie get all the money – all 100 percent? “She does, after all she’s the boss!” exclaimed Chris Paisley pointing at his wife after winning the BMW South African Open at Glendower this past Sunday, and the R2,4-million that goes with victory, as he outgunned South Africa’s Branden Grace by three strokes.
The victorious Englishman’s caddie for the week was his diminutive wife Keri, photographed here with her hubby by Randpark club’s renowned professional cameraman Jeremey Campion. Ever-smiling Keri tips the scales at just 46kg, and admitted Chris’s golf bag, even though it wasn’t one of those huge sponsors’ bags, got pretty heavy in the final round, played in heat wave conditions, and she was exhausted afterwards.
“But I certainly didn’t feel tired walking up the last when Chris and I pretty much knew we had won it. There were goose-bumps and loads of tears – such a special and surreal moment in our lives,” she revealed.
Paisley was full of praise for Keri in his post-win interview with the Press: “I can’t say enough about her. She did so well, it meant so much having her there beside me … and knowing we’d won it. She’s not a golfer herself but she was so encouraging. There were a few times when I started doing everything a bit quick, and then she’d just smile and slow me down and calm me down on my way to my first win on the European Tour.”
Keri, a maths teacher who has put her career on hold to accompany Chris on tour, took charge of her husband’s bag after regular caddie Sean Russell was given the week off. “I wasn’t sure whether I was going to play here so I let Sean book a holiday in the Alps in Germany,” said the 31-year-old champion. “I then changed my mind and decided to play the SA Open and told Sean not to worry as I’d get Keri. And she was so positive in the days leading up to Glendower. She kept saying ‘We’re going to win this, we’re going to win’. And how right she turned out to be.”
Chris Paisley, nicknamed ‘Bones’, isn’t a big man himself and Keri explained that when he first arrived at the University of Tennessee in America on a golf scholarship, he turned out for golf in a pair of shorts, exposing his bony legs. “He only weighed 125 pounds (about 57kg) in those days and his teammates took one look at him, had a friendly chuckle, and promptly christened him ‘Bones’.”
Written by Randpark member – Grant Winter