It’s tradition at the HSBC Champions for the annual Caddie Awards to occur at a banquet the night before the competition begins. The most coveted trophy, of course, is “Caddie of the Year.” Martin Kaymer’s looper, Craig Connelly, was crowned as this year’s winner.
Kaymer and Connelly captured the 2014 Players Championship and the U.S. Open. They were also part of the victorious European Ryder Cup team.
Connelly was apparently not shy in suggesting to his peers that he deserved a few votes. In his victory speech, he cheerfully joked that he had been snubbed in 2010 when he and Kaymer won the PGA Championship, and then again in 2012 when Kaymer holed the winning putt to clinch the Ryder Cup for Europe.
Connelly, who has a good sense of humor, has a fun and extroverted personality, which balances his boss’ more subdued nature.
“You have to be able to adapt to your player’s personality,” said Terry Mundy, who works for Ian Poulter. “Some players like to have a bit of fun on the way round; some want to talk a lot and others hardly want to talk at all.
“Craig gets it right every time and he deserves his Caddie of the Year award. He’s an all-round good egg.”
Connelly basked in his glory on the first tee on Friday at Sheshan International, where he was photographed in a special bib (pictured above) prior to the second round.
Many congrats, Wee Man!