Paul McGinley and European Tour stars salute caddie 'Edinburgh Jimmy' Rae
By Sky Sports Golf
Last Updated: 04/01/20 8:26am
Tributes have been pouring in from the golfing world on social media for legendary European Tour caddie Ian James "Edinburgh Jimmy" Rae, who died on Thursday aged 64.
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Rae caddied for numerous high-profile players over a career spanning over 30 years on the European Tour and Ladies European Tour.
Sky Sports pundits Paul McGinley, Robert Lee and Mark Roe were among the players to have worked with Rae, who was also on the bag for Ian Poulter during his early years in the professional game.
McGinley said: "I have lost not just my longtime caddie but a great friend too. He started to work for me in 1992 and never once did he ever turn up unshaven, not freshly clothed or in bad humour.
"Above all I witnessed the trait of eternal loyalty from him - always in your corner even if he would never admit it! He had a wisecrack for everybody and was an important part of our player/caddie dynamic inside the team room at the Ryder Cup in Gleneagles, as he kept the mood light and fun for all of us."
Speaking about Rae in his 2014 autobiography, No Limits, Poulter said: "He was the most hard-nosed Scot I'd ever met. He didn't care what he said or who he said it to.
"He was utterly ruthless when he was taking people down with his quips. I've seen famous golfers wince when they realised they were going to have to walk past Edinburgh Jimmy.
"You have to like your caddy [sic], and I liked Jimmy. He was on the bag for my first three years on the European Tour and he is probably the most generous, kind-hearted person I have ever met.
"He'd give you his last ten pounds. That's why people love him. Jimmy's one of those guys they'll write a book about one day. People laugh about his sayings all the time."
McGinley and Poulter both shared the news of Rae's death via Twitter on Thursday evening, with Ryder Cup-winning captain Thomas Bjorn and former Masters champion Trevor Immelman just two of the players to pay their respects.
Here's how social media reacted to "Edinburgh Jimmy's" passing…
Such a sad start to 2020. One of Europeantour’s characters. Heavy Head as he always called me. James Rae (Edinburgh Jimmy) has past away. What a gentle giant. His bark was louder than his bite. One of the kindest caddy’s I have ever met #RIP 🏴🥃 You will be missed. pic.twitter.com/HO03maX0jH— Ian Poulter (@IanJamesPoulter) January 3, 2020
Waking up to the sad news that the golfing family has lost one of it’s great characters. Edinburgh Jimmy is a man I’ll remember so fondly. As a young pro he was the scariest man I had ever met! Getting to know him he was the kindest with a wicked sense of humour. RIP my friend— Thomas Bjorn (@thomasbjorngolf) January 3, 2020
That is very sad news, Paul.— Trevor Immelman (@TrevorImmelman) January 2, 2020
One of the European Tours great characters......RIP Jimmy.
Sorry Paul. I loved being around him even though I only understood about half of what he said. Made me want to spend more time with him.— Shaun Micheel (@shaunmicheelpga) January 2, 2020
Very sad to hear the news Paul. Jimmy was such a great character. I will miss not only his beaming smile but the great stories he told... If you understood him 😂. Rip Jimmy, everyone on tour will miss you— Ross Fisher (@RossFisher) January 3, 2020
It is sad news indeed. I don't know why but Edinburgh Jimmy took charge of my game a few times over the years. Got me over the line with my only win on the European Tour at the Czech Open. It was 25 years ago but I can remember him taking charge that week like it was yesterday. https://t.co/8z93EzckUC— peter teravainen (@peterteravainen) January 3, 2020