Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

AIG Women’s Open: Paul Drummond’s local knowledge helps Lexi Thompson to be just two off the lead

Lexi Thompson and her caddie Paul Drummond cross the Barry Burn at Carnoustie.
Lexi Thompson and her caddie Paul Drummond cross the Barry Burn at Carnoustie.

Paul Drummond was on stand-by to cover if anyone in the AIG Women’s Open field needed a caddie at the last minute, but he didn’t expect it to be one of the highest-profile players in the game.

The USA’s golden girl of golf Lexi Thompson arrived at Carnoustie caddie-less and the 31-year-old local car dealer – a plus two handicapper and a caddie at the links on the side – found himself on the bag of a major champion.

They’ve done pretty well as a partnership so far with rounds of 69 and 70 placing Thompson just two off the lead.

‘I never expected it to be Lexi’

“I was ready to get a bag if I was needed. But I certainly never expected it to be Lexi Thompson,” he said. “The caddiemaster at Carnoustie recommended me when she arrived looking for a caddie and put them in touch.

“She’s pretty good fun. I’m a fairly decent player myself, but really I’m just reading greens and yardages. Obviously if you’ve played here often enough you get to know the greens like the back of your hand.”

There was one big decision right at the end of the second round, when Thompson pulled her drive into the rough up the left at the 18th.

“It was just a case of deciding whether it was worth taking on the burn and we decided it was. She just committed to the shot and it worked out pretty well.”

Not the first time this has happened

Lexi (r) with her former caddie, Scot Kevin McAlpine, at the Solheim Cup in 2017.

It’s not even a new thing for Lexi to come to this major championship looking for a bagman.

In 2017 at Kingbarns Lexi hired former Scottish Amateur champion Kevin McAlpine as caddie at the last minute. He ended up doing the job for a couple of years.

Kevin met his wife-to-be, Solheim Cup star Anna Nordqvist, while working for Thompson. The son of Dundee United legend Hamish now loops for fellow Scot Martin Laird on the PGA Tour, so that all worked out pretty well.

“I certainly know of Kevin, but there is no plan here,” laughed the 31-year-old. “I have a business here in Carnoustie and do a little caddying on the side. We’ll see how it goes.

“If we keep on doing what we’re doing then we should have a good weekend.”

No translation required

Lexi Thompson and caddie Paul Drummond in practice.

Having had a Scot on the bag before, Thompson doesn’t need any translation.

“I think Paul’s talking a little slower for me,” she said. “I can understand him pretty well. He knows this golf course like the back of his hand, and I fully trust him.”

Thompson’s previous caddie had to drop out in the 40 degree heat in Tokyo at the Olympics, hence she needed a new one.

“Other than that time at Kingsbarns with Kevin, I’ve never had to do this before, but it’s been great,” she said.

“Paul’s been spot on,” she said. “All of my shots have been very important with his advice. He tells me how it’s going to bounce in front of the green, how it’s going to roll up and where I should land it.

“I’m fully trusting him on his numbers and whether to hit it left or right of the pin.

“The only thing we’ve done is we’ve got him some Puma shirts. He’s got to wear Puma if he’s on my side.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]