Caddie Races banned from WM Phoenix Open and Crowne Plaza Invitational

Safety concerns are set to put an end to the sideshow.
Caddie Races banned from WM Phoenix Open and Crowne Plaza Invitational

The PGA Tour has decided to ban the popular ‘caddie races’ that have been taking place at TPC Scottsdale for the Waste Management Open, and at Colonial for the Crowne Plaza Invitiational. The reasoning? Here’s how the tour puts it:

‘We have advised the folks at Colonial and out in Phoenix to discontinue the caddie races. It was a situation where we developed a little concern about caddies’ safety. Running 150 yards puts caddies at risk for injury’

Ok PGA Tour, I get it. There’s probably legal and insurance issues at-hand here. Having tour caddies sprint down a short stretch ‘could’ cause injury, but seriously… why would you take away one of the most fun (and harmless) features of two spectacular events?

The enthusiasm and light-heartedness of these races brings a smile to my face (and countless others) every year. To say I’m disappointed about this decision is an understatement… but I suppose we’ll see what happens by the time these events roll around.

Here’s probably the best example of the ‘concerns’ the PGA Tour has with these races:

…and for what it’s worth, this is one of my all-time favorites:

Bring back the races! :)

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J.R. Falconer

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Founder and Editor-in-Chief of ForeScore.com. Fan of the great game of golf, and everything that comes along with it!