Streelman gains knowledge from teenage caddie

PGA Tour golfer Kevin Streelman during the 2013 World Cup at Royal Melbourne in Australia.

PGA Tour golfer Kevin Streelman during the 2013 World Cup at Royal Melbourne in Australia.

Darcy Brereton, a 19-year-old member at Royal Melbourne, got a unique opportunity earlier this week at the World Cup.

The plus-1 handicap and aspiring professional carried American Kevin Streelman's bag during Wednesday's pro-am.

Brereton and a friend were following Streelman during a practice round on Tuesday. After a few holes, Brereton was invited inside the ropes as Streelman started to pick the teenager's brain for some local course knowledge.

Streelman's caddie then asked Brereton if he would like to take the bag for Streelman for Wednesday's pro-am so that he could have the day off. Brereton accepted.

"He just knew every break on these greens, so we kind of picked his brains a little bit, where to leave shots and where you can't leave shots," Streelman said. "He helped out a lot so it was fun having him with me."

Said Brereton: "I ended up on the bag and showed him around the course. I don't know if I was any help to him, but he obviously played quite well today (Thursday).''

Streelman shot 5-under 66 in the first round to grab a share of the first-round lead, proof that a little local knowledge can produce big gains. After Friday, he was in second place.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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