| SAN DIEGO
SAN DIEGO Jan 23 The PGA Tour mourned the
death of long-time caddie Steve Duplantis on Wednesday after
the Canadian was struck by a taxi earlier in the day.
Duplantis, 35, was killed while crossing a road in the
Californian town of Del Mar in the early hours of the morning,
the San Diego Sheriff's Office said.
"The PGA Tour is saddened by the loss of one of its family
members," Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem said in a statement.
"We send our thoughts and condolences to Steve's friends
A popular figure on the PGA Tour, where he was known for
bringing out the best in his players, Duplantis had caddied for
former major winners Jim Furyk and Rich Beem.
He had been scheduled to work this week for American Eric
Axley at the Buick Invitational.
A defining moment in Duplantis's career came at the 1999
Kemper Open where he helped American Beem, then a rookie, win
his maiden PGA Tour title by a shot in his 12th start.
"He led Beem around like a wet nurse," Alan Shipnuk wrote
in Sports Illustrated magazine.
"Duplantis was the star of the Sunday telecast, inspiring
Gary McCord to refer to Duplantis and Beem as 'Yoda and his
pupil' and Jim Nantz to hail him for 'one of the greatest
caddying performances you will ever see.'"
(Editing by Peter Rutherford)