Tevez caddies for Romero at British Open

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LYTHAM ST. ANNES, ENGLAND (AP) - Carlos Tevez is no stranger to the golf course _ he spent a lot of time on one while on a five-month strike from Manchester City last season.

However, the round he had on Sunday was one he’ll never forget.

On a glorious morning at Royal Lytham & St. Annes, the Argentina striker caddied for countryman Andres Romero in the final round of the British Open.

This was no pro-am. This was golf’s oldest and most famous tournament.

“The chance to walk along the course and be around these great players is a pleasure and something unforgettable,” Tevez said.

After Romero shot a 77 in his third round Saturday to drop out of contention for the title, Tevez visited the house of the No. 109-ranked player and asked if he could carry his bag in the fourth round. They’ve been friends since meeting at the 2008 British Open at Royal Birkdale.

Romero agreed to give regular caddie Anibal Nunez the day off and set out with Tevez in the fifth grouping of the morning, along with Chad Campbell of the United States.

Wearing a blue cap and top _ and carrying a set of clubs almost as big as him _ Tevez acted as a shoulder to cry on for Romero, who shot a 12-over 82 to slump to dead last in the remaining field of 83, finishing at 18 over par.

“I couldn’t give any advice about the slopes, but I just carried the bag and supported him each hole,” Tevez said. “Andres is a professional and he knows everything already.

“We worked together very well.”

The 28-year-old Tevez was photographed numerous times on the golf course when he was on unauthorized leave from City last season, having fallen out with manager Roberto Mancini after refusing to warm up as a substitute during a Champions League match in September.

When he did return to action with the English Premier League club, he helped them win the title for the first time in 44 years. After scoring a goal in a 6-1 victory at Norwich, he celebrated by swinging an imaginary golf club.

Tevez is a 13 handicap and has played with Romero before in Buenos Aires.

But he has never carried such a heavy bag. And has no plans to attempt to become a professional golfer after he retires from soccer.

“No, I play just with my friends as an amateur. I don’t want to change from that,” he said. “The golf bag hurts my shoulder too much, I prefer to play football. And my pants were very tight.”

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