KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — When heat stroke felled his caddie late in the first round of the CIMB Classic, Nick Watney's wife Amber stepped in to help.
His eventual win Sunday in the $6.1 tournament was a long way off when she volunteered to pick up the bag when regular caddie Chad Reynolds was taken to the first-aid room and put on an I-V drip at the steamy Mines Resort.
She isn't a golfer and admits she doesn't have a clue about how to read a yardage book, but she gave plenty of moral support when she heaved the bag on the 18th hole and walked with her husband to the end of his first round Thursday.
Watney used a local caddie for the second round Friday, then Reynolds was fit enough to return for work on the weekend.
Amber Watney said as the daughter of a seasoned tour caddie, she was willing to negotiate on the fees after her husband won the $1.3 million first prize. Watney narrowly missed out on a 59 in the last round when he bogeyed the last hole. Perhaps it'll come into Watney's calculations when he's buying her a gift for their second wedding anniversary, which is Tuesday.
Amber joked that the fact that it was only one hole — he made par on the 18th with her on the bag — didn't detract from her contribution.
"I was behind the rope, watching the round. Nick just waved me over and said, 'Chad's going to go to the first aide tent,'" she recounted Sunday. "I said 'I'll carry the bag.'
"He's like, 'Are you sure?"
Her father, Rusty Uresti, is a tour caddie in the United States. Her uncle, Omar Uresti, is professional golfer who has had a top-10 finish on the PGA Tour and two titles on the Web.com tour.