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45 years ago, U.S. Open caddies pull ultimate "bait and switch" in Minnesota

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Golfers from around the world teed off at the 2015 U.S. Open on Thursday, but 45 years ago, a couple of teenage caddies from Rochester pulled off the ultimate "bait and switch" when the Open was held in Minnesota.

Back in 1970, the late Tom Murphy, a well-known Rochester business owner, was selected to caddy at Hazeltine National Golf Club during the U.S. Open when he was just 19 years old. However, there was a slight problem. Murphy had already committed to playing in the Sheldon Golf Tournament in Rochester the same day he was supposed to draw a golfer's name for the tournament in Chaska. 

He convinced his good friend, Michael Kelly, to pretend he was Tom Murphy and make the trip up North for him.

 
"Back then, the pros didn't bring their own caddies. They just used whatever was there. So, I just sat down and watched the whole thing proceed. My name didn't get drawn until the very end. I was beginning to forget if my name was Tom Murphy or Michael Kelly, I sat there for so long!" said Michael Kelly, Murphy's friend and fellow caddy.

"Out of the 200 people, I was third from the last to draw and everyone knew Tony Jacklin is still there. So, his name came up. He was one of the favorites to win," said Kelly.


Tony Jacklin was indeed the winner of the Open in 1970. 


As his caddy, Murphy ended up taking home about $3,000 in prize money. 

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