Francesco the Fantastic!

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It was our dream, if I won, to earn the right to play in the Masters. I lost at the 18th hole, so I shook the hand of my competitor, who was 22 years older than me, and sitting on the steps of the clubhouse with Edoardo and Giorgio, we all burst into tears. The dream was gone, and in that moment, I would never have imagined that only three years later, I would be caddieing for my brother at the Masters. He won the U.S. Amateur at Merion, getting the right to play two rounds with Tiger Woods, the Masters reigning champion. Unfortunately, Gio-Gio—our name for coach Giorgio—died suddenly in his sleep in 2013, at only 48 years old. When I won the Open Championship at Carnoustie, that memory came back to me: Edoardo, Giorgio and that cry we had together. Some things you just can’t forget.

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Francesco caddied for his older brother Edoardo during the 2006 Masters.

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Francesco caddied for his older brother Edoardo during the 2006 Masters.

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