Tourney director: Honda Classic will address shelter for caddies

By Rex HoggardMarch 3, 2015, 7:50 pm

DORAL, Fla. – A potentially dangerous situation for caddies last week at the Honda Classic has led to a broader discussion on the PGA Tour about caddie safety.

During one of the numerous storms that forced a Monday finish at PGA National, a picture of the caddie tent was tweeted, creating a social media buzz.

“Sadly it will take a caddie to get struck by lightning and dying before the PGA Tour realizes that we need indoor shelter during storms,” Scott Vail, who caddies for Brandt Snedeker, tweeted last week.

Although caddie facilities vary from week to week, most tournaments use large tents for caddie dining and staging.

“Ultimately, it’s up to the tournaments to provide the facilities. We have guidelines, but that is up to each event,” said Ty Votaw, the Tour’s executive vice president of communication.

Officials at the Honda Classic were surprised by the fallout, pointing out they have an entire hotel at their disposal for shelter during inclement weather and that they were not made aware of the situation until after the fact.

“We evacuated players and caddies and got them off the course and thousands of spectators were removed, safely,” said Ken Kennerly, the Honda Classic tournament director. “We will have a more comprehensive evacuation plan next year involving the caddies and this has never been an issue. We will make sure we review it.”

It was a topic that a group of caddies first approached the Tour about in early 2014 and led to the formation of the Association of Professional Tour Caddies.

At that meeting Tour officials informed caddies that facilities were up to each tournament, which led officials at the Crowne Plaza Invitational to create an area inside the clubhouse for caddies. Officials at Colonial plan to upgrade those facilities even more this year when caddie dining is moved into the ladies’ locker room.

According to Tour regulations, caddies are not allowed in the men’s locker room during a tournament, but that regulation was altered this year to allow caddies in the locker room “at the end of a player’s week” (either on Friday if the player misses the cut or Sunday) to help their player pack.

This week at Doral for the WGC-Cadillac Championship, caddie hospitality is in two rooms in the Jack Nicklaus Villa; at last year’s Tour Championship accommodations were within the East Lake clubhouse, but according to numerous caddies most weeks – not just at PGA National – they are housed in a tent such as the one that prompted the fallout last week.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.

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Rose leads Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose completed the final two holes of his second round early Saturday for a 3-under 69 and a one-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose, who had a first-round 62, was among a quarter of the field forced off the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course after weather delays on Friday.

The Englishman, who bogeyed his last hole, had a two-round total of 13-under 131.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat, who completed his 64 on Friday, was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters. He has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season.