Lydia Ko teams up with Furyk's veteran caddy

MATT RICHENS
Last updated 07:23 18/06/2014
Mike Cowan
Reuters
BAG MAN: Mike 'Fluff' Cowan is well known on the professional golf circuit having caddied for Tiger Woods and Jim Furyk.

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Lydia Ko will have one of golf's most experienced bag-men by her side for this week's US Open.

Jim Furyk's current caddy Mike ''Fluff'' Cowan will be on the bag for Ko at the US Open at Pinehurst's No 2 course.

Cowan caddied for Tiger Woods from 1996 until 1999 including his Masters win at Augusta in 1997 while he was also caddying for Furyk for his 2003 US Open win.

Cowan, who has 37-years as a tour caddy, was on Furyk's bag when the 44-year-old finished in a tie for 12th at last week's men's US Open, also at Pinehurst.

''It's a really good idea having somebody who is as experienced as Fluff and who knows the course,'' Ko told Radio Sport.

''I think it's a little bit of an advantage having someone like that on my bag.''

Cowan has partnered Furyk to 14 top 10 finishes in majors and he and Ko were connected through KJ Choi's manager with IMG, Cowan said.

''It's going to be something of a learning experience for me,'' he said.

''But hopefully it all works out.''

The last time Cowan caddied in a women's tournament was for a then 13-year-old Michelle Wie, in 2004.

Meanwhile, Ko has been paired with 2007 US Open winner Cristie Kerr and two-time major winner, world No 4 Suzann Pettersen.

The trio begin their tournament tomorrow with a (NZT) 5.47am tee-time.

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