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May 09, 2013

Michelle Wie's caddie also dates her best friend

Posted at 12:02 PM by Coleman McDowell | Categories: Christina Kim, love triangles, Michelle Wie

166847346Talk about a conflict of interests.

Duncan French is a caddie. He is the boyfriend of LPGA pro Christina Kim, currently ranked No. 217 in the Rolex Women's World Golf Rankings. 

The only problem? He also caddies for Michelle Wie, who happens to be best friends with his girlfriend.

Could this end well?

In a Q&A with Marlborough Express, French discussed his road from a scratch golfer who caddied on the European Tour to being on the bag for one of the highest profile golfers in LPGA history with a short stint caddying for his own girlfriend.

We have been very good friends ever since I have been on tour. Michelle and my girlfriend are best friends on the tour. Michelle's old caddie [Kiwi Brendan Woolley] left at the end of last year to go to the PGA Tour so she was looking for a new caddie and gave me a call. I jumped at the chance to work with her.

But the obvious question: how does your girlfriend feel about it?

She is very supportive. Being a great friend of Michelle she wants her to play to her full potential, which is very, very high. She wants what is best for both of us and, at this stage, Michelle and I are both in a good place so [Christina] is very supportive and happy.

Several dynamics are at play here. If French and Kim's relationship ends, can Wie, being her best friend, continue to employ him? If Wie's performance doesn't improve with French on the bag -- her best finish is a tie for 28th this year -- could she fire her best friend's boyfriend? Could competitiveness or jealousy emerge between Wie and Kim? So many possibilties.

At the very least, French could help Wie with her putting stroke.

(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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