The PGA Tour has decided to get rid of caddie races at the Phoenix Open and Crowne Plaza Invitational because it is worried about the safety of caddies.
No, really, that's why.
Andy Pazder, the PGA Tour's executive vice president and chief of operations, said this to the Golf Channel:
"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. I had caddies come to me in Phoenix and at Colonial saying, ‘This is ridiculous, it's like we are a carnival show.'”
Heaven forbid golf try to inject a little fun into the game.
As a substitute for the caddie races at the Phoenix Open the tournament will offer an app to fans which they can download and guess which golfer will reach the green first.
So that sounds incredibly exciting.
His point about letting the golfers decide what should happen was a good one.
I could care less about banning the caddie races but I would be curious as to how many of the players bitched about it. They should decide.— Kip Henley PGA loopr (@KipHenley) August 14, 2013