It was back in the 1860s that Old Tom Morris decreed that a caddie should turn up for work “clean and moderately sober.”
Francesco Molinari, the Italian Ryder Cup man, set some altogether more demanding criteria when he was looking for a new bagman for 2016. Above all, he wanted an able mathematician or, more precisely, a statistical whiz.
Molinari, who eventually opted for a 46-year-old Spaniard by name of Pello Iguaran, may not be a Tiger Woods but he was no different from a lot of today’s players in working with a selection panel to find the right man. In his case, the panel otherwise consisted of Denis Pugh, his coach, and Rob Goldup, his trainer.
The three began by studying the CVs of the 20 or so candidates who had expressed an interest in a post which could be worth comfortably more than £100,000 a year. They then whittled the 20 down to four and invited them to London for interviews.
You half expected to learn that the interviewees had appeared in suits and ties.