Soccer star Tevez' one-day stint as caddie provokes reaction from R&A

Carlos Tevez and Andres Romero at the British Open
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Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez was a spectator on Saturday at the British Open, but caddied for Andres Romero on Sunday.
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Series: European Tour

Published: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 | 3:54 p.m.

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Soccer superstar Carlos Tevez caddying during the final round of the British Open last Sunday has been described as "absolute madness" by R&A Championship Committee Chairman Jim McArthur.

Tevez, who plays for reigning English Premier League champion Manchester City, caused a stir when he carried the bag for his fellow Argentinian Andres Romero during the final round at Royal Lytham. Golf fan Tevez, a 13-handicapper, admitted he could not give Romero any advice but enjoyed the experience nonetheless.

The move has drawn criticism from McArthur, though, with the R&A committee chairman saying the issue needs to be looked into.

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

R&A Chief Executive Peter Dawson took a different view of the incident, however.

"It was pretty interesting. I thought, because of the big crowd following the group, that golf fans and football fans may overlap a little more than I had realized," he said. "It's not a bad thing, perhaps."

Tevez was at Royal Lytham on Saturday to watch Romero, who started the Open with rounds of 70 and 69, shoot 77.

Tevez then took the bag for Romero's final round, which saw the 31-year-old card an 82 to finish last in the tournament of the players who made Friday's cut on an 18-over total of 298.