Faldo and Sunesson's first tournament was the Skins Game in Australia in February. It wasn't long before the British tabloids took hold of the relationship and predictably blew it into a major scandal, NICK'S CHICK read one headline. It was reported that Faldo had left his wife, Gill, and had taken up with Sunesson. It so incensed Sunesson, who is close to Gill as well as to Nick, that she stopped talking to reporters and is still reluctant to grant interviews. "She and Nick have both been burned," says John Simpson, Faldo's agent. "They don't need that."
Sunesson, however, refused to be intimidated on the golf course. She was nervous before her first tournament with Faldo, but that soon subsided and her confidence grew. The big boost was the Masters in April, which Faldo won on the second hole of a playoff with Raymond Floyd.
And when he won the British in July, Faldo thanked "good ol' Fanny" on the victory stand, much to the delight of the crowd. With a hefty lead through most of the final round, Faldo's greatest concern had been losing it. Sunesson stepped in and kept him relaxed, asking him as they walked the fairways about his new house, whether he would buy a new dog, what his plans for the winter were.
"He has to answer," she says. "He's too nice not to."
When it was over, he planted a big kiss on her cheek and pledged to make good on his promise to take her dancing if he won the tournament. "He hasn't done it yet," Sunesson says, her blue eyes twinkling. "But I expect he will sometime."
Not everyone is a Fanny fan. Some of the caddies on the Tour are resentful of her success and the attention she gets. They say anyone could carry for Faldo—he doesn't need a caddie's help, they argue—and Sunesson hasn't really paid her dues.
But others, like Burns, welcome her to the ranks. "I told her today I hope we'll work together again," he said. "I meant it. The other guys may be intimidated a little, but I'm not. They're just a bit jealous."
If she chooses to, Sunesson can be a caddie for a long time. She has been working on her own game a little—she won a pro-am tournament two weeks ago in Sweden—and hopes to stay in some part of the golf business when she retires from carrying clubs.
She's aware that there aren't many women in her field but refuses to exploit her novelty. She wants to be considered a good caddie—nothing more, nothing less. "I just try to do my best," she says. "Help who I'm working for as much as I can. This year has been such a thrill. Tremendous. I'm a very lucky girl."