Thursday, April 08, 2004
Edwards dies from complications of ALS
Bruce Edwards, the caddie whose struggle with Lou Gehrig's disease inspired longtime boss Tom Watson at last year's U.S. Open, died Thursday. He was 49.
Edwards, Watson's caddie for 30 years, died at his home after a yearlong struggle with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.
"He's not with us in body, but he's with us in spirit," said Watson, who struggled to hold back the tears. "I'm relying on his spirit to take care of me."
Anyone who has a passing interest in golf knows what a wonderful and uplifting story that Edwards and Watson were, last year. They had an amazing friendship that lasted many years. Watson paid for Edwards medical expenses and has donated lots of money to fighting Lou Gehrig's Disease.
I feel that the example they set last year should have earned them Sports Illustrated's 2003 Sportsmen of the Year Award.