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Wife carries the bag for winner Watney
Nick Watney of the US kisses wife Amber as they pose with his trophy after winning the Malaysia's Asia Pacific Classic. Pic: Reuters

Nick Watney's wife stepped in to carry her husband's bag when his caddie went down with heat stroke at Malaysia's CIMB Classic -- and helped him to a famous win.

Amber Watney was watching the baking hot first round when her husband's caddie, Chad Reynolds, was overcome with dizzy spells at the 18th tee. She immediately offered to help out.

"I was behind the ropes watching the round, and Nick just called me over and said, 'Chad's going to go to the first aid tent'. I said, 'I'll carry the bag'," said Amber, whose father was a PGA Tour caddie.

"Nick was like, 'Are you sure?' I didn't know what I was getting myself into, it was just that hole... So I just carried the bag. Luckily I was wearing tennis shoes that day."

She added: "I've never done it before. My dad is a caddie out on tour so Nick was telling me, it's in the blood, in the blood. I put in my application for Friday's round and I was denied -- but I was OK with that."

Watney parred the hole for a first round of 71, and used a replacement caddie for Friday's second round. Reynolds, after treatment with an intravenous drip, returned for the weekend and helped him card 61 on Sunday for a one-shot win.

"We had a friend of his caddie for me on Friday, and then he felt good enough to go. He said he didn't fly 24 hours to just sit in his room all weekend," said Watney, adding that Reynolds made some "big" calls on the last day.

"He definitely helped me. And it's good just to have somebody you're comfortable with coming down the stretch," he said.

Watney's only bogey on Sunday, denying him the chance of a hallowed round of 59, was on the 18th - ironically, the hole his wife helped him par. The pair will celebrate their second wedding anniversary on Tuesday.