Michelle Wie's caddie also dates her best friend
Talk about a conflict of interests.
Duncan French is a caddie. He is the boyfriend of LPGA pro Christina Kim, currently ranked No. 217 in the Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings.
The only problem? He also caddies for Michelle Wie, who happens to be best friends with his girlfriend.
Could this end well? In a Q&A with Marlborough Express, French discussed his road from a scratch golfer who caddied on the European Tour to being on the bag for one of the highest profile golfers in LPGA history with a short stint caddying for his own girlfriend.
We have been very good friends ever since I have been on tour. MichelleBut the obvious question: how does your girlfriend feel about it?
and my girlfriend are best friends on the tour. Michelle's old caddie
[Kiwi Brendan Woolley] left at the end of last year to go to the PGA
Tour so she was looking for a new caddie and gave me a call. I jumped at
the chance to work with her.
She is very supportive. Being a great friend of Michelle she wants herSeveral dynamics are at play here. If French and Kim's relationship ends, can Wie, being her best friend, continue to employ him? If Wie's performance doesn't improve with French on the bag -- her best finish is a tie for 28th this year -- could she fire her best friend's boyfriend? Could competitiveness or jealousy emerge between Wie and Kim? So many possibilties.
to play to her full potential, which is very, very high. She wants what
is best for both of us and, at this stage, Michelle and I are both in a
good place so [Christina] is very supportive and happy.
At the very least, French could help Wie with her putting stroke. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)