Paul began cadding at the age 12, at Rochdale Golf Club in , primarily as a weekend and summer holiday job to earn some spending money. Paul's talent as a singer soon took priority in his late teens, and the caddying would have to wait to re-emerge some years later when he was accompaning his cousin at a professional tournament.
One of the professionals had been let down by his caddie not showing for the events, and Paul was asked if he could accomodate the young professional. Paul informed the professional that he hadn't caddied for some time, but was willing to help. After the round the professional commented on how impressed he was with his ability as a caddie and asked ''when was the last time you caddied'', paul replied ''twelve years ago'', that's where it all took off, the following year he was standing on the 18th green at royal Lytham St Annes, on the final round of the Open with the top two professionals in the field, Gary Player and Peter Oosterhuis.
Since then Paul has 15 tournament wins, and has 10 finishes in the top 15 of The Open Championship, including twice being runner-up, and has caddied in the Dunhill Cup, Kirin Cup and World Cup, as well as the Ryder Cup, in matches against the legendary Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer
He has caddied for such famous players as the legendary Sam Snead, Christy 0' Connor Snr., Ben Crenshaw U.S. Masters' Champion 1984 and 1995; Hubert Green U.S. Open Champion 1977; Bill Rogers Open Champion 1981, Curtis Strange U.S. Open Champion 1988 and 1989, Sandy Lyle Open Champion 1985 and U.S. Masters Champion 1988 and has won the Australian Open in 1984 with Tom Watson (3 times Open Champion, Masters and U.S. Open Champion at Royal Melbourne, one of the finest courses in the world.
He has been the regular caddy for Peter Oosterhuis in 1974, leading money winner and 2nd. in Open Championship; Greg Norman in 1979/80; Nick Faldo in 1986, and also for Mark McNulty,2nd. in the Open Championship 1990. with whom he has won 3 German Opens and the 1987 British Masters, which he also won again with Christy O'Connor Junior in 1992.