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Retired tennis legend to caddy for Spanish golfer

Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero, a former world number one tennis player, will debut at the Thailand Open golf tournament in December as the caddy of his friend and fellow countryman Sergio García.

Retired tennis legend to caddy for Spanish golfer
Ferrero will replace Garcia's girlfriend, Katharina Boehm, on the Spanish golf star's bag. Photo: Larry Marano/Getty Images North America/AFP

Garcia, currently ranked 6th in the world, announced on Tuesday that Ferrero would be his caddy for the competition running from December 11th to 14th.

The Spanish golfer will be defending his title and hoping to once again claim the $1 million prize money.

His caddy last year was his girlfriend, Katharina Boehm, but she will look on as a spectator when Ferrero takes control of the bag.

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"Katharina is fine. She is happy to step aside and support from the side lines. It always helps to have a friend on your bag. It is good fun to be able to enjoy golf and have a good time with a good close friend," Garcia told the Asian Tour website.

The 34-year-old Ferrero, nicknamed 'mosquito' because of his quickness and slight build, was ranked as the world's no.1 tennis player in 2003, shortly before a certain Roger Federer began his long reign at the top.

Ferrero won the 2003 French Open the same year and enjoyed a long professional career before retiring in 2012.

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Europe beats United States to reclaim Ryder Cup

Europe regained the Ryder Cup from the USA as star man Francesco Molinari became the first-ever European to win all five of his matches with a 4 and 2 victory over Phil Mickelson on Sunday.

Europe beats United States to reclaim Ryder Cup
Italian golfer Francesco Molinari (C) celebrates Europe's win with English golfer Tommy Fleetwood on the final day of the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National Course at Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines. Photo:
Ian Poulter's dramatic 2-up win against Dustin Johnson had sent Thomas Bjørn's hosts to a guaranteed 14 points with Henrik Stenson 5-up on Bubba Watson with five to play, before Molinari finished the job.
 
“It's been an incredible week,” said Molinari. “It's been a long week, playing five matches, but you know, again, I 
stepped it up when I had to and you know, that putt on 14 was great. Just amazing.”
 
Jon Rahm had earlier dealt Tiger Woods a fourth loss of the Ryder Cup as Europe weathered an early fightback from the US at Le Golf National.
 
Spanish rookie Rahm won his first Ryder Cup point with a 2 and 1 victory over Woods, the American suffering just his second singles defeat in eight matches in the competition.
 
“To beat Tiger, one of the greatest, if not the greatest, on Sunday, with a pivotal point, I was so aware of it, it's the best feeling of my life,” said the 23-year-old Rahm.
 
Fellow Spaniard Sergio Garcia became the leading points-scorer in Ryder Cup history with his 2 and 1 win over 
American Rickie Fowler. The 38-year-old, a controversial wildcard pick by Bjørn after a poor season, passed Nick Faldo's previous mark of 25 points, reaching 25.5 since making his debut in 1999.
 
Rahm's triumph came after Denmark's Thorbjørn Olesen, in the seventh match to tee off, powered to an impressive 5 and 4 win over the in-form Jordan Spieth to quell the US team's momentum.
 
Jim Furyk's men had pulled to within a point after claiming 3.5 points from the first four matches on Sunday, with Justin Thomas defeating Rory McIlroy 1-up in the opening clash.
 
A calamitous 18th hole for McIlroy saw the Northern Irishman find the bunker with his tee shot, as well as the water, as Thomas picked up his fourth point of the competition.
 
Paul Casey and Brooks Koepka halved the second match, while Webb Simpson beat Justin Rose 3 and 2 after carding six birdies to put away the Olympic champion on the Albatros course.
 
Tony Finau romped to a 6 and 4 win over fellow rookie Tommy Fleetwood, denying the Englishman the chance to become the first European to win five points from a possible five at the Ryder Cup.