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Tevez couldn’t inspire Romero, who made four double bogeys on his way to one of the highest rounds of the week.

“I played really badly today, but he was helping me with my confidence,” Romero said. “He did not complain at all when I asked him if he was in any pain.”

With the start of the new English soccer season less than a month away, Tevez was spotted at Royal Lytham & St. Annes on Saturday, signing autographs for fans. He wound up on the course a day later.

“This was the dream of everybody who plays golf. It was my first major” he said.

Tevez isn’t the first sports star to caddie at the British Open.

In 1996, Ian Baker-Finch of Australia had a last-minute change of heart and decided to drop his TV commentary duties and enter the field at Royal Troon. He was exempt after winning the event in 1991.

However, he had already sent his caddie home having played poorly the week before. Short of options, he temporarily hired Australian tennis player Todd Woodbridge, who forged one of the most successful ever doubles partnerships with Mark Woodforde.

Things didn’t work out so well. Baker-Finch shot a 92 and retired from the tournament citing an injury.