After 205 Days, Golfer Garcia Caves to Fan

Mark Johnson will get to caddy for him for one day
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 31, 2017 2:24 PM CST

(Newser) – For more than 200 days, Spanish golfer Sergio Garcia was the subject of a relentless Twitter campaign from a persistent fan. Mark Johnson, a 40-year-old Englishman, just wanted one thing: To be Garcia's caddie for a day. Using "#Letmecaddieforyou," Johnson sent Garcia a daily tweet—some funny, some informative, some desperate—from July 9 but got no response the first 205 times, reports the AP. On Day 206, Garcia relented. "OK," the world No. 15 posted to Johnson, "I think I found the perfect day for you to get the taste of carrying my bag & make your dream come true! Are you ready?" A date was agreed: Wednesday, Sept. 27, the pro-am ahead of the British Masters. "I thought it was quite funny and it was very sincere, and obviously I was wondering how long it was going to keep going," said Garcia.

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It ended up being nearly seven months. "He showed a lot of perseverance and a lot of strength and energy and stuff throughout it," Garcia said. "I'm sure it will be a great experience for him, and you know, also for us." Johnson gave an insight into his life in many of his tweets to Garcia, including his favorite food (chicken pasta bake with garlic bread) and his family (he has been married for 15 years). One of his tweets was a selfie, with Garcia about to play a shot on a TV screen in the background. Johnson even said he would turn the 37-year-old Garcia into a major champion one day. It won't be long before they meet face to face. "I guess there will be no more daily tweets," Johnson tweeted over the weekend. "Many thankyous Sergio Garcia for making my dream come true I am feeling very lucky!" (Read more Sergio Garcia stories.)

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