Dave Renwick, a caddie to three Major winners, has died at the age of 62 at his home in East Calder, near Edinburgh, after losing his battle with cancer.
Renwick, known affectionately as “Buddy”, was on the bag for José María Olazábal’s victory at the Masters Tournament in 1994, Steve Elkington’s win in the 1995 US PGA Championship, and all three of Vijay Singh’s Major triumphs: the 1998 and 2004 US PGA Championships, and the 2000 Masters.
As a mark of respect, players, caddies, media and officials wore black ribbons during the second round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
Tributes poured in for Renwick, a life-long fan of Glasgow Rangers FC who served an apprenticeship as an electrician and worked as an oilrig worker in the North Sea before deciding to become a caddie on The European Tour in 1983.
Paul Lawrie wrote: “Very sad to hear of Davy Renwick passing, a great guy and a great caddie. RIP my friend.”
Marc Warren also took to Twitter to express his condolences, saying: “We play with a heavy heart today, but his memory will live on. A true legend of Scottish golf, gone but not forgotten.”
Renwick is survived by his wife, Ruth, and their children.
Here's some of the messages players shared on social media today.
We all wore black ribbons today for an old friend and longtime caddy on Tour - Dave Renwick RIP— Paul McGinley (@mcginleygolf) February 4, 2016
Very sad to hear of the passing of legendary caddie Dave Renwick. RIP— Thorbjørn Olesen (@Thorbjornolesen) February 4, 2016
RIP Dave Renwick.— Trevor Immelman (@TrevorImmelman) February 4, 2016
If there was a Hall of Fame for caddies, he'd be in for sure.
RIP Dave Renwick https://t.co/nrSpoBsXNK— Luke Donald (@LukeDonald) February 4, 2016
Sad loss today of a great caddy Dave Renwick RIP my friend.— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) February 4, 2016
Very sad to hear of Davy renwick passing , great guy great caddie RIP my friend— Paul Lawrie (@PaulLawriegolf) February 4, 2016
Big Loss for the European Tour family today, RIP Old Dave, you fought really hard. pic.twitter.com/6LWmZiBCFx— Emiliano Grillo (@GrilloEmiliano) February 4, 2016
RIP Dave Renwick, we play with a heavy heart today but his memory will live on. A true legend of Scottish golf gone but not forgotten— Marc Warren (@MarcWarrenGolf) February 4, 2016
Very sad to hear the passing of Dave Renwick this morning! Lucky to have had him caddy for me once!— Matt Fitzpatrick (@MattFitz94) February 4, 2016
RIP Dave Renwick, great character, storyteller, u will be missed— Richie Ramsay (@RamsayGolf) February 4, 2016
Sad day for golf. RIP Dave Renwick. U will be missed but never forgotten— Nicolas Colsaerts (@Coelsss) February 4, 2016
RIP Dave ...you will be missed on tour ,one of the top caddies ..if not the best #daverenwick— Thomas Levet (@thomaslevetgolf) February 4, 2016
Sad to hear that legendary caddy Dave Renwick passed away. Heard some cracking stories about him today. #RIP— Chris Paisley (@ChrisPaisley86) February 4, 2016
A lot of respect being shown for a great man today...RIP Dave Renwick.— Scott Drummond (@scottGdrummond) February 4, 2016
RIP Dave Renwick, top caddie and a top bloke. You will be in all our thoughts today.— Graeme Storm (@stormygraeme) February 4, 2016
Caddies got involved too, Justin Rose's caddie with this message
Dave Renwick .... Undoubtedly one of Scotland's finest ever caddie's ... #RIP— Dick fulchers lad (@Fooch1993) February 4, 2016
And lastly, this tweet from Martin Kaymer's caddie Craig Connelly that sums up the thoughts of many.
From https://t.co/odzGAfvEDG 2004— Craig Connelly (@theweeman77) February 4, 2016
'If there was a world ranking system for caddies, then Scotland's Dave Renwick would be No.1'
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