Caddie challenge at TPC Sawgrass' famed 17th
May 06, 2015
- May 06, 2015
- Tiger Woods high fives Joe LaCava on the tee box at the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass. (Michael Curet/Special to PGATOUR.COM)
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. - Pat Perez’s caddie, Michael Hartford, won THE PLAYERS Championship Caddie Competition in memory of Bruce Edwards with a shot to 3 feet, 7 inches. There were 92 attempts; 50 found the water.
Each year during the Wednesday practice round at THE PLAYERS, players and caddies switch roles when they arrive at the famous 17th hole, and the caddies get the opportunity to take a swing. Each player contributes to the prize fund and the caddie who ends up closest to the pin takes home the money.
This is a tradition unique to THE PLAYERS and one that provides an added layer of entertainment for the fans, players and caddies alike. The competition is named to honor Tom Watson’s longtime caddie and friend Bruce Edwards, who passed away in 2004 from ALS or “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.” In 2014, in honor of the 10th anniversary of Edwards’ passing, the PGA TOUR began a tradition of matching any donations the caddies/players make, with all the money going to the Bruce Edwards Foundation.
In addition to the prize money, Callas will receive a VIP parking spot in the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse lot, Thursday-Sunday of THE PLAYERS, and his name will be engraved on the official plaque in caddie hospitality.
Caddie Proximity 1. Michael Hartford (Pat Perez) 3 feet, 7 inches 2. Ernie Rose (George McNeill) 5 feet, 1 inch 3. Mike Downey (Brian Stuard) 8 feet, 3 inches 4. Dermot Byrne (Shane Lowry) 8 feet, 4 inches
THE PLAYERS Championship 2015 Caddie Competition