A Scottish caddie who was on the bag for three British Open titles died at age 85 on Wednesday.
Willie Aitchison won his first Claret Jug with Roberto di Vicenzo in 1967 and caddied for Lee Trevino’s back-to-back victories in 1971 and 1972. Aitchison began his career as a caddie at St. Andrews in 1951 and was active until 1995, when he became the caddiemaster for the European Tour.
From the Daily Record’s story:
Willie was one of the best of the old school caddies, judging shots and club selection by eye in the years before yardage books were invented. He once said of his old boss and friend, Trevino: “I thought he was some sort of crazy man when we met, but we clicked from day one. He lets off steam at me and I’m his straight man.”
In his career, Aitchison caddied for Sam Snead, Gary Player, Tom Watson and Colin Montgomerie in addition to Trevino. He was inducted into the Caddie Hall of Fame in 2000 in the same class as Tip Anderson, Arnold Palmer’s caddie.