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LPGA Golfer Gemma Dryburgh Caddie And Partner 2022


Gemma Dryburgh of Scotland poses with the trophy after winning the tournament following the final round of the TOTO Japan Classic at Seta Golf Course North Course on November 6, 2022 in Otsu, Shiga, Japan
Gemma Dryburgh of Scotland poses with the trophy after winning the tournament following the final round of the TOTO Japan Classic at Seta Golf Course North Course on November 6, 2022 in Otsu, Shiga, Japan( Source : skysports )

Gemma Dryburgh and her caddie Paul Heselden have been working for the past four years. The partnership of the Scotswoman and Englishman have had many amazing moments this year.

Dryburgh has had a fantastic year, and her hard work and solid form, which she has maintained throughout the year were awarded yesterday, on November 6, as she won her maiden title in the TOTO Japan Classic LPGA Tour.

The 29-year-old Gemma beat the home favorite Kana Nagai and the overnight leader Momoko Ueda against whom she was one shot behind. 

The Aberdeen-born player finished at 20 under par for the tournament with a final-round 65 and a career-best 72-hole score. Dryburgh is also looking to book her spot in the 2023 Solheim Cup.

LPGA Golfer Gemma Dryburgh Caddie - Meet Paul Heselden

Paul Heselden is the caddie of the LPGA golfer Gemma Dryburgh. The 29-year-old golfer and her caddie have been partners in crime for the past three and a half years.

Paul is always seen beside Gemma during her games, and the two celebrated the momentous occasion of Emma winning her first LPGA title with a warm hug. An emotional Gemma then made her way toward her team who rinsed her with water, though champagne would have been much more suitable for the occasion.

Gemma Dryburgh, right, of Scotland celebrates with her caddie Paul Heselden after winning the LPGA Tour's Toto Japan Classic at the Seta Golf Club in Shiga, Japan, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022
Gemma Dryburgh, right, of Scotland celebrates with her caddie Paul Heselden after winning the LPGA Tour's Toto Japan Classic at the Seta Golf Club in Shiga, Japan, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022 ( Source : ctvnews )

Prior to working with Gemma, Paul had previously worked with the golf legend, Luke Donald. The professional caddie earlier this year posted a photo of him and Luke on Caddie Appreciation Day saying the Travis Perkins Masters 2017 remains his most memorable caddie experience.

That remained to be the only win for Paul as a caddie until last year. He got his career's second win as a caddy as Gemma won the NWGA Q series prep event in November. 

While he is not caddying, Paul enjoys spending his time learning to play the piano. The Englishman began to play the musical instrument during the time of lockdown in 2020.

Gemma Dryburgh of Scotland poses with her caddie after winning the tournament following the final round of the TOTO Japan Classic at Seta Golf Course North Course on November 6, 2022 in Otsu, Shiga, Japan.
Gemma Dryburgh of Scotland poses with her caddie after winning the tournament following the final round of the TOTO Japan Classic at Seta Golf Course North Course on November 6, 2022 in Otsu, Shiga, Japan. ( Source : gettyimages )

Heselden loves spending his time in nature, with the caddie posting several photos of wildlife on his Instagram handle. He tries to squeeze in time for photography while he is on tour with Gemma around the golf clubs.

Earlier this year, Paul was ecstatic about the fact that he had finally been able to capture a photo of a hummingbird. The Englishman will receive between the 5-10% of the $2 million purse winning won by Emma in the TOTO Japanese Classic.

Gemma Dryburgh Partner

Currently, Gemma Dryburgh doesn't have a partner and remains single. The Scottish golfer remains focused on her career that has taken an upturn in form this year.

Gemma, who goes by the username @gemmadryburgh on her Instagram handle, hasn't shared any photos that could give us an inkling that she might be dating someone.

Gemma Dryburgh(left) with her parents in New Orleans, Louisiana earlier this year in March 21, 2022
Gemma Dryburgh(left) with her parents in New Orleans, Louisiana earlier this year in March 21, 2022 ( Source : instagram )

However, just because Gemma has opted not to share any details of her romantic life doesn't mean it's non-existent. She might have kept her partner away from the public limelight.

It's easy for people to get wrapped up in the dating lives of athletes which can sometimes take attention away from their crafts. But the day when Gemma shares about her romantic life it's for sure that her fans will be all ears.

Gemma Dryburgh Wins The TOTO Japan Classic With Her Caddie

Gemma Dryburgh won the TOTO Japanese Classic with her caddie, Paul Heselden. Gemma won her maiden title yesterday and became the only fourth Scot to win on the LPGA Tour and the first since 2011.

And though it was Dryburgh's first win, the golfer said that she felt surprisingly calm. After her victory, Gemma said, "When I dreamt of this moment, I thought I’d be super, super nervous. I was nervous, I’m not going to lie. But I was incredibly calm, to be honest. Kind of focused on my breathing and that really got me through.”

Gemma Dryburgh of Scotland poses with the trophy after winning the tournament following the final round of the TOTO Japan Classic at Seta Golf Course North Course on November 6, 2022 in Otsu, Shiga, Japan
Gemma Dryburgh of Scotland poses with the trophy after winning the tournament following the final round of the TOTO Japan Classic at Seta Golf Course North Course on November 6, 2022 in Otsu, Shiga, Japan ( Source : gettyimages )

The 29-year-old finished four shots clear of Japan's Kana Nagai. Nagai and the overnight leader Momoko Ueda lost the lead quite badly, which led to Gemma's victory.

Last week Gemma joked with her friends that she would mention them in her victory speech, and to see her premonition come to fruition certainly left Gemma feeling overwhelmed. 

Earlier this year speaking to Aberdeen Live, Gemma said that she was eyeing a spot as part of Team Europe in the 2023 Solheim Cup, which does not feel like much of a far-fetched dream after her victory in Japan.