Dundee caddy en­joys World Cup of Golf win

Bel­gium cel­e­brate win, with Dun­do­nian car­ry­ing bag of Thomas Detry

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - NEWS - STE­FAN MORKIS [email protected]­courier.co.uk Thomas Detry, right, and caddy Ryan. Pic­ture: Getty.

A Dundee caddy has helped Bel­gium win the sea­son-end­ing World Cup of Golf in Aus­tralia.

Ryan McGuigan, 38, car­ries the bag for Thomas Detry, who part­nered Thomas Pi­eters to the ti­tle.

The Bel­gians won the ti­tle by three strokes from the Aus­tralian team of Marc Leish­man and Cameron Smith.

The 72-hole tour­na­ment was played at the Metropoli­tan Golf Club in Melbourne and fea­tured a host of top play­ers in­clud­ing Rus­sell Knox, Ian Poul­ter and Matt Kuchar.

Ryan, who lives in Dundee when not on tour, has been cad­dy­ing for 14 years af­ter grad­u­at­ing with a de­gree in busi­ness ad­min­is­tra­tion from Aber­tay Univer­sity.

He said: “I started work­ing with Thomas in Jan­uary in this year so our first event was the first one of the year, the South African Open. The team was de­cided by world rank­ing and the cut-off was mid-Septem­ber. Thomas fin­ished re­ally strongly – he birdied the last two holes – to come third and then the world rank­ings came out the next day.

“He made it into the team on the last day and then went on to win it.”

Af­ter grad­u­a­tion, Ryan worked in re­cruit­ment and bank­ing be­fore get­ting a call from a child­hood friend ask­ing him to start cad­dy­ing.

He said: “It was about two years af­ter grad­u­a­tion that a child­hood friend who was cad­dy­ing asked if I’d like to help out so I took him up on the of­fer and took a year’s break from my ca­reer.

“I’m very for­tu­nate that I came into the golf at a time post-Tiger Woods where it’s pos­si­ble to make quite a good liv­ing.”

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