Fanny Sunesson retires as caddie

Fanny Sunesson and Henrik Stenson
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Fanny Sunesson's last big victory came with Henrik Stenson in the 2009 Players Championship.

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Thursday, October 18, 2012 | 11:37 p.m.

Fanny Sunesson, the most successful female caddie in modern golf history, has turned in her bib for the final time. She’s retiring from caddying, and plans to focus on growing her career as a coach and advisor, according to the Swedish golf website

Sunesson rose to prominence with Nick Faldo, who won four of his six major titles with her on his bag from 2000-2009. After stints with Sergio Garcia and Fred Funk, she has spent the past several years working for her fellow Swede, Henrik Stenson. She was Stenson’s caddie when he won the 2009 Players Championship, boosting him to No. 5 in the world, and was serving as Martin Kaymer’s mental coach when he became the world’s top-ranked player in 2011.

Sunesson injured her back a year ago in a fall in Switzerland, said the website, forcing her to cut back on her caddying duties. She had been planning to transition into coaching in any case, and had discussed with Stenson working as a part-time caddie before deciding that her back injury was serious enough that she needed to quit altogether.

The Swedish site asked Sunesson for her favorite memories and biggest regrets.

“It's hard to beat a British Open victory at St. Andrews, precisely because it is about the place and the course. To get in there in the middle of town on the 18th hole is awesome,” she said. “… it's hard to win the U.S. Masters at Augusta, but to turn the U.S. away from home in the [1989] Ryder Cup is pretty damn special.”

As for regrets, she mentioned never winning U.S. Open or PGA Championship.

“It would have been fun to take all the majors,” she said, adding that she believes Stenson will win a major “and it would have been fun to be there when he does.”

She closed by saying that she is ready to launch full-time into her new career.

“Coaching is fun,” she said. “It allows for much as I did as a caddie, so I hope to do a good job there.”