One of golf’s great characters took centre stage on The Voice Australia 2020.
Great stuff from Brian at Australian Senior Golfer for pointing us towards The Singing Caddie’s appearance on The Voice Australia 2020.
Paul Stevens now resides on the Central Coast of New South Wales but claims to have been the longest-serving professional caddie having carried the bag for the likes of Greg Norman, Arnold Palmer, Seve Ballesteros, Sergio Garcia and Nick Faldo.
Stevens also has a wonderful singing voice having once opened for The Beatles in a club in Liverpool, and he appeared on the 2020 series of The Voice Australia earlier this week.
The now 79 year old put that on show for a huge television audience last night with his appearance on the Voice. (Paul was originally from Lancashire but now lives in Woy Woy on the NSW central coast).
Paul sang The Beatles song ‘In My Life’ and it turned out he shared a bit of history with the band.
“I started out as a rock and roll singer, and the drummer in the group was a guy called Richard Starkey,” Paul explained to the judges. “Aka… Ringo Star!”
“Two years later, I had my own band. I worked at the world famous Cavern Club in Mathew Street, Liverpool. I was supporting four guys that have done very, very well — called The Beatles.”
Stevens sang The Beatles’ “In My Life” and while he piqued the interest of golf fanatic Guy Sebastian, he did not make it through to the next round.
We also love the story from Stevens of his role in the first-ever hole-in-one at a Ryder Cup in a previous article on Australian Senior Golfer:
At the par three 16th Butler wanted to play a 4 iron but Stevens strongly disagreed, telling his player exactly why he should hit a 3 iron. Butler conceded.
“Bingo,” Stevens says now. “First hole in one in Ryder Cup history.”
“The best thing is, Jack Nicklaus turned around and said: ‘Great caddying Paul.”
And if you want to know more, here was his appearance on The Golf Show with Andrew Daddo a few years ago: