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Saturday
Jan052013

Long Day Sunday: “Eighteen feels like 27."

A lot of you won't shed a tear what with all the shuttles they'll have, but I feel for the caddies having to go 36 at hilly Kapalua Sunday after another rainout.

Alex Miceli talks to some of them about what figures to be their longest day of the year.

“Eighteen feels like 27,” veteran caddie Jimmy Johnson said of going 36 holes Sunday. “There might be some guys that can’t make it, including myself. It’s an unknown territory.”

Johnson would rather go 27 holes Sunday and Monday, but White said it was not a consideration to go 27-27, because they would not want to stop play Sunday if the weather cooperates.

Johnson had a different view when asked if 27 holes a day was better for the caddies.

“Yes, for the caddies, but I don’t think they run the Tour for the caddies.”

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There must be 30 electric trolleys which could be lent to the caddies on the island (and 30 spare batteries for the second 18.)
OMFG
01.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPABoy
This is a joke right ?

Everyone of these caddies are looping for champions. Assuming they were with them last season, they had a very good year at 10% winnings or there abouts. They want to try a real job. Jimmy Johnson has had it good over the years. He should know better.
01.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterEasingwold
I got exhausted playing there. In a cart.
Seriously, that is a very unique piece of property. To walk it once, with a tour bag and in the wind, would be difficult. Twice is really pushing the caddies to some sort of bizarre, extreme sport.
Let the caddies use a cart like the Champions Tour does, if only for the second 18
01.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrad
Well ..I remember a caddie story from Beauchâteau, Quebec. The caddie was severely hung over and his friends, who were pranksters, and that included his Pro, stuffed a couple of bricks at the bottom of the bag. So .. Even though he complained that the bag felt heavier than normal, he thought that this was due to the excessive partying. After a few holes, his friends broke the news to him and they all a good time.
01.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPete Poulin
I dont think that being a triathlete is part of the job description. If the conditions are going to be really hard, then they should find a way to help the caddies.
01.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPete Poulin
How about using lightweight carry bags for a day?
01.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterH Leonard
Carry bags seems reasonable- but if it is wet, the need for more towels than normal/ also more clothing options.... if any caddy ends up out of commission for any length of time, or slips and falls.... the use of a cart would seem reasonable in retrospect.

So we have underappreciated, underpaid officials, and caddies on a course that is long and extreme in altitude variation (700 ft !)-- a show of force and unity could /should be at hand.
01.6.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Leonard, it's supposed to rain. Those small bags will not work for a tour pro on a rainy day. Having said that, if I were them and could find a pair a rain gloves I was comfortable with I'd forego the umbrellas and every other attempt at staying dry and just get after it with those rain gloves!

Lat night on Golf Channel baldy implied that Butch Harmon was suggesting that his players withdraw because conditions might screw up their swings.

Reminds me of this great prop bet amongst some poker pros:

2) Erick Lindgren's 72 holes of golf in a day -- Gavin Smith, Phil Ivey and a small conglomerate of other players bet Erick Lindgren that he couldn't play 72 holes of golf in one day at Bear's Best golf course in Las Vegas. They stipulated that he had to walk the entire way and carry his own clubs, and shoot under 100 on every round from the pro tees. Erick successfully completed this bet in over 100-degree heat and netted himself a reported $340,000.
01.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Dig, now that the NHL lock out is over (not that anybody would notice), maybe now is the time for labour unrest in the world of golf.
Lock out the officials, caddies stage a strike, players refuse private jet service because of in adequately aged scotch on board!
Chaos in Ponte Vedra
01.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrad
Small walking bags and big tour caddy egos usually dont mix. Lets let one pull a Beljan!
01.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmen Coroner
4 hour delay and they are asking volunteers who can stick around and work on Tuesday!

Amen, trust me, tour loopers would carry a stand bag every week if they could get away with it....
01.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
New start time 11.10am Hawaii time (delayed from 7.10am).

"....I would be surprised if they even play then, winds are relentless...."
01.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Brad--- scotch ''point'' had me snorting-laffing....

The officials really could parlay this- they need to think of themselves- that is what Tim and the pros do, and Slugger, they have families, colleges, and responsibilities, and they travel a hell of a lot more than the pros.
01.6.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
I have a tough time summoning sympathy for these guys. Weather problems? Talk to some Sandy survivors. By Wednesday their lives are back to normal, regardless of what happens to the tourney.
01.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAverage Golfer
Oh, the humanity...
01.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
Shut the fuck up and do your jobs
01.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChicago pt
Oh, the privlidged few. They would do well to remember how lucky they are. It'll cost me 5,000 quid to go to Hawaii for 2 weeks.
01.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterEasingwold
Did Butch really say that? If so his dad would be turning over in his grave along with Byron and Ben and a few other old school pros. I thought Butch was a pretty tough guy but that tells me he may have fallen off the wagon. Unreal. By the way DTF, did you see where Baldy broke the news that Rickie ate a tuna on rye last week at Medalist?
01.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPete North
Did Butch really say that? If so his dad would be turning over in his grave along with Byron and Ben and a few other old school pros. I thought Butch was a pretty tough guy but that tells me he may have fallen off the wagon. Unreal. By the way DTF, did you see where Baldy broke the news that Rickie ate a tuna on rye last week at Medalist?
01.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPete North
Are you kidding me, tuna? Did Rickie switch over to Medalist from Bears Club? That Baldy, he's a tad odd but there's a decent length line of GC hacks that need to be gone before him!

Baldy didn't come right out and quote Butch as such, but did say Butch had been texting him and hinting at it. Even Baldy wouldn't make up something like that, but I'm The Story Miceli probably would!

Heck, if Butch did suggest it to any of his guys they are probably regretting not taking his advice! Tour probably told 'em "don't even think about it"...
01.6.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Ill walk 18 and carry 2 bags, this is your job, if you cant do the rudimentary portion of it you dont belong there, yes a lot of caddies are there for their advice as they are the only ones allowed to console a player but if you cant carry the bag, you are useless. might as well let the pro carry his bag and let the swing coach ride in a cart next to him, pathetic.
01.6.2013 | Unregistered Commenterjcorbran
Easy to be hard.
01.6.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth

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