Gary Sheppard, one of PerryGolf’s Golf Travel Specialists plays to a one handicap, but beyond that he has famous golf connections. His maternal grandfather is the highly respected caddie Willie Aitchison, who saw Lee Trevino home for back to back Open Championship victories in 1971 & 1972 at Royal Birkdale Golf Club and Muirfield respectively.
At Gary’s recent 30th birthday party (happy birthday Gary!) the PerryGolf Facebook editor was talking to Willie, now a sprightly 84 year old. It transpires that Willie also caddied for the great Argentinian player Roberto de Vicenzo in his British Open win at Royal Liverpool (Hoylake) Golf Club in 1967.
Significantly Willie says this was the last time the winner of a major championship played without any reference to yardages, just played it “as it looked” to he and his caddie. What a great way to play! But that is some pressure on your caddie (-:
Does anyone remember playing that way…and should/could we go back to that in the 21st Century?
@PerryGolf #PlayTheGameSeeTheWorld Willie Aitchison & Roberto de Vicenzo