When he is not going AWOL or petulantly anchoring his buttocks to the bench, Manchester City forward Carlos Tevez is known for carrying a club or two in his career. Yesterday, he took that dusty accolade to its literal end: carrying a set of golf clubs for his professional golfer pal Andres Romero.
Donning traditional attire – a baseball cap and sparkly earrings – Tevez played caddie for fellow Argentine Romero during the last round at The Open, golf’s most prestigious major. The result of that intriguing combo? A rock-bottom last place, with Romero collapsing to an unsightly 12-over-par 82.
After spending more time in the rough than a hibernating hedgehog, and being clocked chatting away while Chad Campbell took a tee shot on the 17th, a beaming Tevez gave a particularly uninsightful evaluation of the experience.
The 28-year-old said: “It was my first time at The Open and I enjoyed it but my shoulder is killing me. It’s much easier playing football than carrying that big bag around.
“Luckily I didn’t have to rake any bunkers because it’s complicated enough dragging that bag around.”
Meanwhile compatriot Romero provided a polite assessment of his friend’s caddying efforts.
The dimple-ball smacking expert said: “He helped a lot today – I am the one who played really badly. I was hitting the ball badly but he was helping me with my confidence and cheering me all the time.”
Romero thankfully added: “I would advise him not to give up football, though.”
So a career change is not on the horizon just yet for the Argentina international. That will certainly remain the case until he can sort out his own mangled golf swing.
Take a look at Sky Sports’ excruciating analysis of Tevez’s celebratory golf swing after he scored a hat-trick against Norwich last April.