It's a longstanding Wednesday tradition at the Players' Championship that the caddies have a closest-to-the-pin competition on the 17th hole. And it's good to see that while these guys watch the best golf on the planet from the best seat in the house, they apparently aren't much better at the game itself than the rest of us.
All three of the caddies in Wednesday's marquee crew -- Stevie Williams (Tiger), Fluff Cowan (Jim Furyk) and Tim Goodell (Nick Watney) -- put their shots in the water, according to the PGA Tour's Twitter feed, bringing the total balls lost by midday to 11 of 14 shot.
However, as the day wore on, at least ten caddies found the green, and one of them -- Garath Lord, caddy for Robert Karlsson -- stuck it to within six feet, one inch of the pin for the win. He beat out Damon Green, Zach Johnson's caddy, and Richard Hill, Oliver Wilson's caddy, among many others, both of whom were more than two feet farther from the pin than Lord. (Thanks to Bloomberg's Mike Buteau for the info.)
So what are they playing for? Why, pride, of course, plus that as-yet-uncounted barrel of cash there at right, a photo courtesy of Stewart Cink and his omnipresent Twitter feed. At first glance, you're thinking, Really? They're playing for change? But take a closer look -- there are an awful lot of C-notes in that bin. So what I'm wondering is, how much is in there? And more importantly, who are the cheapskates that only threw in a twenty?