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Tributes paid to top caddie Musgrove

Tributes paid to top caddie Musgrove

Two-time major winner Sandy Lyle led the tributes to English caddie Dave Musgrove, who passed away recently at the age of 74.

Musgrove was on Lyle's bag when the Scot won the Open in 1985 and the Masters in 1988. He also helped Seve Ballesteros and Lee Janzen to major glory. Along with the late Dave Renwick, Musgrove is the only British to work for three different major champions.

Paying tribute to his close friend, Lyle wrote on Twitter: "Muzzy RIP. We wrote history together at The Open, The Masters and The Players Championship. We'll miss your humour and your stories #gentleman."

South Africa's Ernie Els added: "Sad to hear news of Dave Musgrove's passing. We enjoyed our time together; he taught me a lot as a rookie. One of the legends!"

Darren Clarke, meanwhile, tweeted: "Sad news about Dave Musgrove passing away. Caddied for some of the greatest players in the world. Always had time for everybody."

Mark Fulcher, caddie to Olympic gold medal winner Justin Rose, added his own tribute, tweeting: "RIP Dave Musgrove, a true legend in the ranks of professional caddies."

Having begun caddying as a 12 year old carrying for members at Hollinwell in Nottinghamshire, Musgrove's first Major experience came at Troon in 1962 with local professional David Talbot.

His breakthrough came 17 years later, when he guided a young Seve to his first Open Championship triumph at Royal Lytham in 1979. He subsequently went on to enjoy great success with Lyle across two different spells on his bag.

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