GODDARD’S PEBBLE AWE
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.”