Two days before he was to leave for the tournament, Lehman's caddie for a number of years, Andy Martinez, announced he was unable to go to Australia. So Lehman, desperate for a replacement, left a message offering employment to Graham Courts. Courts is an Australian who caddies for American Kevin Wentworth.
Courts didn't get the message right away and didn't call Lehman. So Lehman frantically placed another call, this time to Australian touring pro Glenn Joyner at the advice of Aussie Stuart Appleby. Joyner agreed to carry the bag for Lehman.
Lehman had made the call at Appleby's New Year's Eve party, but when he returned to his hotel, Courts had returned his call and agreed to caddie. Lehman was in a real dilemma, but finally decided his first obligation was to Courts. He told Joyner of his snafu, then played the first round with Courts on his bag.