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PGA Tour getting rid of caddie races

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

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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.

Kip Henley, who caddies for Brian Gay, weighed in with some interesting commentary on Twitter after the decision came down on Tuesday.

His point about letting the golfers decide what should happen was a good one.

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