Golf: Garcia hires former tennis No. 1 Ferrero as bag man

Sergio Garcia of Spain tees off at the 14th hole during the WGC-HSBC Champions Golf tournament in Shanghai on Nov 7, 2014. Golf's world No. 6 Sergio Garcia has roped in former French Open tennis champion Juan Carlos Ferrero as his caddie for his
Sergio Garcia of Spain tees off at the 14th hole during the WGC-HSBC Champions Golf tournament in Shanghai on Nov 7, 2014. Golf's world No. 6 Sergio Garcia has roped in former French Open tennis champion Juan Carlos Ferrero as his caddie for his title defence at next month's Thailand Open, the Spaniard said on Tuesday. -- PHOTO: AFP

(REUTERS) - Golf's world No. 6 Sergio Garcia has roped in former French Open tennis champion Juan Carlos Ferrero as his caddie for his title defence at next month's Thailand Open, the Spaniard said on Tuesday.

Garcia will face stiff competition at the Dec 11-14 event with twice US Masters champion Bubba Watson, US Open champion Martin Kaymer and former world No. 1s Lee Westwood and Ernie Els also in the field at the Amata Spring club.

Ferrero, also Spanish, topped the tennis rankings in 2003 after claiming his only grand slam title at Roland Garros but retired in 2012 after 14 years on the men's tour.

"I've played golf with him many times but he never caddied for me before," Garcia said in an Asian Tour news release. "We just talked about it and he mentioned about it and we decided to do it. He is excited about it."

Garcia's girlfriend Katharina Boehm was on his bag when he won the title last year. "Katharina is fine," he added. "She is happy to step aside and support from the sidelines. It always helps to have a friend on your bag.

"It is good fun to be able to enjoy golf and have a good time with a good close friend."