Esteban Toledo finally makes it to the Masters as Sandy Lyle's caddie
By Keith Jackson
Last Updated: 18/03/16 10:00pm
Esteban Toledo is delighted to be making his Masters debut next month at the age of 53, as caddie for Sandy Lyle.
Toledo never managed to qualify for the Augusta National showpiece after failing to win during his eight seasons as a PGA Tour professional, although he has collected four Champions Tour victories since joining the seniors circuit in 2013.
The Mexican offered to caddie for Ben Crenshaw at last year's Masters for free, and insisted he would donate $10,000 to a charity of Crenshaw's choice for the privilege.
But the 1985 and 1995 champion announced he would be playing in his final Masters, and he wanted to be accompanied by long-time friend and bagman Carl Jackson.
Toledo then put in a request to 1988 champion Lyle to be his caddie at Augusta next month, and the Scot has agreed to have the 53-year-old on his bag for the tournament.
"Last year, I asked Ben Crenshaw if I could caddie for him since I never played as a player," Toledo said. "I wanted to see what was going on inside the ropes. So I asked Crenshaw. I said: 'Hey, I can donate $10,000 to your charity. Let me caddie for free and I'll take care of the whole thing.'"
After missing out on Crenshaw's bag, Toledo is now relishing the chance to caddie for Lyle, who has done well to make the halfway cut in five of the last nine Masters.
"That started last year," Toledo added. "So then this year Sandy says: 'Are you serious?' And I was serious. He wanted to think about it. And he called me last week and said: 'You're on', so I'm going. "It will be fantastic."
Toledo played in only three majors, with a best finish of 34th in the 1999 US Open while also sharing 43rd place at the Open Championship in 2002.
But he has found success on the Champions Tour, winning twice in 2013 while also picking up his fourth title last month as he edged out Billy Andrade in a play-off at the Allianz Championship.