USWO notebook: the caddie and the purloined notes

Posted: July 7, 2015 5:59 pm

Sei Young Kim – or her now ex-caddie, to be precise – added a hint of Bill Belichick to the U.S. Women’s Open Tuesday.

Paul Fusco, a veteran caddie on the men’s and women’s tours, lost his job with Kim by taking photos of United States Golf Association notes on course setup.

According to U.S.G.A. spokesperson Christina Lance, Fusco walked into the tournament office and, finding it empty for the moment, found the notes and took pictures of them with his phone. An unnamed U.S.G.A. official walked in and caught Fusco in the act.

He’s done, at least for the week. Kim’s father, Jung Young Kim, will take over, at least for the week. The player will not be penalized, Lance said.

Sei Young Kim spoke very briefly and in halting English, said she had no idea that Fusco was doing what he was doing or why. She didn’t seem entirely clear on what he had done, actually.

She referred us to her agent, Younge Kim. By telephone, Younge Kim said, “I don’t think we can help you. We’re not making any comments on this incident.”

A small kerfuffle, at best. Even knowing all the setup information on Tuesday would help only in adding direction to a player’s practice, since everyone in the field will have the info before beginning play Thursday.

Of course, deflated footballs and the Houston Astros’ database don’t seem like game-changers, either.

Fusco has worked for Suzann Pettersen, Na Yeon Choi, Vijay Singh, Paul Casey and others. Looping for Kim, though, is a good gig even by those standards.

A rookie, Kim is No. 2 on the LPGA money list. She has won two events this year and finished second in the last major, the Women’s LPGA Championship.

She’s 22.

Although she seemed flustered by the attention Tuesday, she kept practicing, pounding one long, straight driver after another.

Somebody told her dad he has fallen into a pretty good job.

“Thank you,” he said. “Thank you very much.”

NOTES: The broadcast of the Open will be available in more than 100 countries, including approximately 50 in South and Central America, 30 in Asia and 25 in the Middle East. Lancaster Country Club expects at least 10 remote trucks from television outlets by the start of the tournament.

From the Fox broadcast crew, analyst Greg Norman arrived today, and two-time Women’s Open champion Juli Inkster has been at the course since Monday.

Inkster walked around the course with a group including Christie Kerr and Morgan PresselĀ  Monday. Normal followed fellow Australian Karrie Webb around Tuesday.