Golf superstar Martin Kaymer may be on the hunt for a new caddie – after turning to a Kirriemuir schoolboy for help at The Open.
Reece Kerrigan, 12, was left stunned when the former world No.1 picked him out from the crowd at Carnoustie to assist him in lining up a shot.
Not only did he help the German to birdie the putt at the 18th, he was rewarded with almost £150 for his efforts.
The youngster also left the course with balls signed by both Kaymer and ex-Masters champion Charl Schwartzel.
Golf-daft Reece, a member at Carnoustie Golf Club, was there to watch the likes of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and defending champion Jordan Spieth warm up for the tournament.
But mum Arlene said her family will be rooting for Kaymer to lift the Claret Jug after her son’s experience of a lifetime.
She said: “Reece loves golf. We went along on Wednesday for a day out and were watching Rory McIlroy.
“The crowds were all following him but we just stayed to watch the rest of the groups and Martin Kaymer and Charl Schwartzel were having a bit of banter about having a bet if they were going to birdie.
“Martin Kaymer asked if anyone wanted to caddie for him on the last hole and we all just laughed but he pointed out Reece, and my son looked at him as if to say: ‘Are you joking?’.
“He was chatting away to him, asking about his golf and his handicap. Reece was absolutely in awe.
“He was lining up the shot and Martin was asking him for help with it. He’ll be cheering for him all the way now.”
Martin told the Tele: “It is always great to see kids following us on the golf course and we should try our best to motivate and inspire them.
“Reece is a well educated and respectful young boy and it has been a real pleasure to have him on my bag for that one hole.”
Arlene added: “Kaymer was just so gracious and he was absolutely brilliant with him. Charl Schwartzel was high-fiving him and he got $100 and £70 just for doing that.
“But the money was an irrelevance for Reece because just getting that experience was absolutely amazing.”