Burrow bags big win

Northumberland Golf Club’s Michael Burrow enjoyed the winning feeling caddying for China’s Li Haotong in his European Tour victory at the Dubai Desert Classic.

Haotong, just 22, shot a closing round of three under-par to see off playing partner Rory McIlroy and lift the trophy, alongside Michael. His four-round total of 23 under-par winning the title in the pair’s third event together.

Michael said: “To get my first win out on tour on Haotong’s bag was an incredible feeling. We played alongside Rory for two days and it was an amazing experience to lead and ultimately win. It’s amazing to look back on – it had felt like a normal day at the office once we got underway.”

A caddy for the last five years, Michael got his break with Frenchman Michael Lorenzo-Vera in Qualifying School having started out caddying in the European Senior Tour events at Slaley Hall and for Garrick Porteous when he played in The Masters as British Amateur champion. Following two years on the Challenge and European tours, he worked with a number of players before teaming up with Haotong in 2017.

“We teamed up in Hong Kong last year for a one week gig and on the Sunday morning he asked me to work with him full time this year, which I was over the moon with.

“Working with Haotong is a huge opportunity and I’m looking forward to what’s next.”

The pair are set to head to this year’s World Golf Championship events and all four majors following Haotong’s third place finish in the Open Championship in 2017.