Ken Duke proves big hit in China

Ken Duke starts his 2013-14 wraparound season in China.

Playing in China to start his 2013-14 wraparound season was a different experience for Ken Duke, a country guy from Arkansas who got into his first World Golf Championship event in Shanghai, a nice perk from winning the Travelers Championship last summer. Once in China, Duke stood out from his competitors for his choice of caddies. He decided to take a local caddie at Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, a woman named Susie, who wore the traditional long sleeves and gloves.

All those local caddies who did not get picked soon had a team, and special caddie, for whom to root.

“They were all cheering for her,” Duke said. “We had an awesome time.”

Duke tied for 46th to earn $52,500. His caddie did OK, too. At the event’s conclusion, she was handed a bag from Duke filled with 12,000 Chinese yuan (about $2,000) for her weeklong effort.

“I think it’s a couple years of pay (for a caddie),” Duke said last week in Hawaii, the significance not lost on him. “But she was great.”

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