Subdued farewell for Sunesson

PUBLISHED : Monday, 06 December, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 06 December, 2004, 12:00am

Fanny Sunesson's farewell was hardly memorable. Nick Faldo's famous caddie was politely told she could not come into the men's only area at the Fanling club.

Having been weaned on a lifetime of golfing etiquette, the Swede turned and left without a murmur. She had only wanted to watch the closing seconds of the tournament on a television strategically placed just outside the men's locker room.

She'd had enough. After 18 years as a caddie, a large part of that for Faldo, Sunesson was walking away from a sport she had given a major part of her life to. Yesterday was her last day on the job. 'I'm retiring as a caddie. I'm looking forward to what I will do from now onwards,' smiled Sunesson tiredly. She had been sick all week with the 'flu and carrying the bags for Faldo certainly would not have helped.

While the Swede is looking forward to a life of golf coaching back at home, Faldo was adamant that it was not the end. 'It's not the end. There might be bits and bobs still to do,' said Faldo.