Caddie saves Appleby

2004-12-04 18:52
Sun City - Stuart Appleby of Australia came within 30 seconds of being penalised for a lost ball on Saturday as he surrendered the lead at the Nedbank Challenge to a steady Lee Westwood in sweltering conditions.

His second shot to the 18th hole plunged out of sight in the thick kikuyu grass face of a sand trap guarding the green at the 7.162-metre par-72 Gary Player Country Club course.

"I saw the TV guys looking bemused as I walked up and I knew there was trouble," said Appleby.

An increasingly frantic search followed and, eventually, playing partner Westwood's caddie found the ball.

In fact, it was Westwood's second caddie for the round after his regular bagman, Mark Bell, was taken from the 14th fairway to the course medical facility with heat exhaustion as temperatures soared to 36 degrees Celsius.

"The ball was buried so deep, I had to mark it to be able to play it," said Appleby.

He managed to shoot it out to about 20 feet and sank the putt to save par.


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