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Nicole Broch Larsen is probably not discussing much about yardage and lines with her caddie this weekend at the Vic Open in Barwon Heads, Australia.
If she had her own way, Broch Larsen, the leader of that Ladies European Tour event after 36 holes, would be carrying her own bags. That was how she played the first two rounds, wheeling her bag on a pull cart and making course management decisions by herself as she took a two-stroke lead entering Saturday’s third round.
“I don’t really need a caddie,” she told reporters after her six-under-par 67 on Friday at Thirteenth Beach Golf Links. “I just need someone to talk to me on the course, just be there. As you can see, I’m pretty good on my own.”
Rules for the tournament, however, require every player who makes the cut to use a caddie for the weekend rounds. Those rules left Broch Larsen, a 23-year-old Dane, weighing her options Friday evening.
Her selection was a straightforward one: She asked Ken Guyett, a member of Thirteenth Beach and the father of her host family for the week.
“It’s not really my own decision,” Broch Larsen said in an online message before her round on Saturday. “I would be happy to carry on on my own, but I’m fine with a caddie, too.”
She had never met Guyett before arriving in Australia last Sunday, but another golfer on the tour, Patricia Sanz Barrio of Spain, had told her of a similar arrangement she had last year. Like Broch Larsen, Sanz Barrio is staying with the Guyetts this year.
Staying with host families allows players to save money, and Broch Larsen — who finished the 2016 season ranked No. 12 on the tour — chose to play without a caddie earlier in the season-opening tournament for exactly that reason.
“I felt it was too expensive to bring one,” she said. “I’m usually fine on my own.”
She has backed up that claim in previous events. Broch Larsen said she won the championship event of the Symetra Tour — the L.P.G.A.’s developmental tour — in Longwood, Fla., in October without a caddie.
Broch Larsen is No. 95 in the world golf rankings and has one win on the European tour, at the Helsingborg Open in Sweden in 2015.
This weekend, with a host course member of around 15 years by her side, Broch Larsen said, her method will not change. As she and Guyett walk the bayside links, distances and green readings ticking in the golfer’s mind, the man wheeling her bag is “not going to help me with stuff at all,” she said. “His job will be to be good company.”
On Saturday, Broch Larsen shot 79 to fall to a tie for 21st place, nine strokes off the lead.