Golf: Need a caddie for Rio? Draft a hockey player

Thu Aug 11, 2016 6:35pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - When Graham DeLaet was in need of a caddie for the Rio Olympics, he did what any Canadian would do. He drafted a hockey player.

With his usual bagman, newly married Jules Trudeau, opting out of Rio because of Zika fears, DeLaet turned to his neighbor Ray Whitney, a recently retired veteran of the National Hockey League where his career spanned 17 years.

Whitney certainly knows what it means to wear the Maple Leaf, having represented Canada at four world ice hockey championships, though on each of those four occasions he returned home without a medal.

Now working as a golf caddie in Rio, "Wiz" is hoping in some fashion to end that jinx and help land DeLaet on the Olympic podium.

"I was captain of Team Canada in Germany," Whitney told Reuters. "I've been there (in medal contention), been a part of all that. I hope I can help (DeLaet)."

After signing for a five-under 66 on Thursday that left him in a tie for second, three strokes behind first-round leader Marcus Fraser of Australia, DeLaet joked that he could have scored even better had his regular man been looping for him.


2016 Rio Olympics - Golf - Preliminary - Men's Individual Stroke Play - Olympic Golf Course - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 11/08/2016. -   Graham DeLaet (CAN) of Canada hits his tee shot on the first hole during the first round of the men's Olympic golf compeititon . REUTERS/Andrew Boyers