Caddie's life appeals to Fretes

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 27 November, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 27 November, 2004, 12:00am

Paraguay's Raul Fretes wants to swap places with his caddie from his victory at the inaugural China Open in 1995.

Fretes missed the cut by two shots at the Silport Golf Club yesterday after finishing nine over par and then revealed he might offer his services to Yang Hongmei, who will next month take part in final qualifying for next year's LPGA Tour.

Yang won on the Futures Tour earlier this year and has strolled through the qualifying stages for the LPGA Tour.

'She was a very good caddie and had a good understanding of the game. I'm thinking of offering my services as her caddie. I'd like to give her some advice in return,' said Fretes, whose career is winding down.

Fretes, 40, caught three flights and spent 30 hours travelling to Shanghai to join the nine other China Open winners in a 10th anniversary celebration.

Unfortunately, three champions failed to make it to Shanghai - Ed Fryatt (1998), Kyi Hla Han (1999) and Charlie Wi (2001). Only Zhang Lianwei (2003), Prayad Marksaeng (1996) and Simon Dyson (2000) made the cut. David Gleeson (2002) and Cheng Jun (1997) didn't make the grade.

Fretes found the conditions too cold yesterday and with only six rounds of tournament golf to his name all year, he did well to finish where he did.