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CADDIE SAYS OPEN CHAMP HAS A PLAYFUL SIDE

British Open champion Justin Leonard has a reputation among his colleagues as something of a square.

"He's the most organized individual in the world," PGA tour player Brad Faxon said last week. "I'm sure he arranges his sock drawer in colors. He probably vacuums in straight lines. He's the kind of guy who, when he gets to his hotel, unpacks first. The maid doesn't need to come into his room."

But Leonard's caddie, Bob Riefke, insists there is a more relaxed side to the 25-year-old from Dallas.

"He's very light-hearted, he just likes to have fun," said Riefke, who has carried for Leonard since Leonard turned professional four years ago.

Riefe cited Leonard's Sunday night celebration. After the champagne reception, after shaking virtually every hand of every member of Royal Troon Golf Club, Leonard, Corey Pavin and a few guests went to the 17th green. There they sat, at 11:30 p.m., eating pizza and enjoying a few pints.

During Leonard's victory news conference, Faxon, Billy Andrade and Andrade's wife, Jody, walked in and stopped Leonard in mid-sentence. Faxon and Andrade shook his hand, and Jody kissed him. As they left the room, Leonard shouted to Faxon:

"Hey, Brad, I do arrange my sock drawer by colors."

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