Girvan’s Jeff on the brink of history at Women’s Open

A Girvan man is standing on the brink of history at the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Turnberry.

Jeff Brighton, 27, who now lives in Belfast is caddying for South Korea’s Jin-Young Ko who is tied at the top of the leaderboard heading into tomorrow’s final round.

Jeff, who was a caddy at the course for 13 years and a member for ten years only met Jin-Young for the first time on Tuesday morning.

Now Jeff will be on her bag in the final group tomorrow around the course as she tees off at 1.45 with Taiwan’s Teresa Lu.

Jeff said: “I got in contact with her agent and I said how it would be good for her to have a local caddy.

“I had a few offers but I decided to take Jin-Young’s bag as her manager was really good to deal with.

“I met her for the first time on Tuesday morning and we only had one practice round on Wednesday and here we are.

“We had good communication straight away even though her English is limited.

“Her Dad told me just to have a laugh with her and we definitely have.

“She told me that she wanted to play the four days so whatever happens tomorrow is a bonus.”

Jeff believes his knowledge of the course has helped but also praised Jin-Young’s focus over the three days.

“I think having a local caddie is definitely an advantage as Turnberry is a course you need to know.

“I was out the first day with the Americans and it’s one thing knowing your golf, but you need to know the lines and how to deal with the wind etc.

“That said, Jin-Young listens to everything, the 71 she shot yesterday in those conditions was unbelievable.

“She handled it brilliantly and it was like she was born to play links golf.

“I know the conditions are to be bad tomorrow but it can’t be as bad as Friday and I’m enjoying it.”

Jeff is a stand-up comic who once won a heat of the Scottish Comedian of the Year and he also sells digital advertising but admits he’d love to caddy full-time if the right chance came up.

“I now live in Northern Ireland and I’m a stand up comic and sell digital advertising but caddying for someone like Jin-Young all the time that would be great.”

Jeff says the pair of them haven’t looked at leaderboards whilst out on the course.

“We don’t really look where we are and she’s been really focused all week and I’ve had a good vibe off her.

“Obviously it’s a first major championship situation on a Sunday but she putts well and I’ll just keep her smiling.

“It’s a bit of a shock right now but for me personally it’s a great buzz.

“I’m a bit tired at the moment so I’m going to get a good rest tonight to prepare for the excitement of tomorrow.

“I know there will be a lot of local support out there which will be great.”