The West Australian - - SPORT - EVIN PRIEST

Former St Kilda and Essendon foot­baller Bren­don Goddard ad­mits cad­dy­ing for good mate Mar­cus Fraser at this week’s US Open at Peb­ble Beach will be more nerve-rack­ing than his three AFL grand finals.

Goddard was asked to carry the clubs of fel­low Aus­tralian Fraser when the Euro­pean Tour vet­eran snared a spot in the US Open field via sec­tional qual­i­fy­ing in Eng­land two weeks ago.

Nei­ther Goddard nor Fraser had set foot on the fa­mous sea­side Cal­i­for­nia course and the pair were still in awe af­ter three prac­tice rounds since ar­riv­ing last Satur­day.

“I never thought the first time I’d walk the fair­ways of Peb­ble Beach would be cad­dy­ing at a US Open. It’s pretty spe­cial,” Goddard said.

“I was watch­ing on TV when Tiger Woods won the (2000) US Open here by 15 shots and I watch the Peb­ble Beach Pro Am ev­ery year, but be­ing here has out­done my ex­pec­ta­tions.”

Fraser, 40, a win­ner of three Euro­pean Tour events, will con­test his fourth US Open this week and says Goddard will keep the at­mos­phere re­laxed.

“Bren­don loves golf more than I do. He’s a golf tragic, a com­pet­i­tive guy and pushes me pretty hard,” Fraser said. “It’s such an iconic venue.”

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