Three years ago, when Bender was the caddie for Rocco Mediate, he found slugs on the cart path during a practice round at Kapalua and put some on the seat of Mickelson's cart as a joke. Little did he know that Lefty would be so engaged in conservation that he would sit down without seeing them.
Mickelson promised he would get even, and he delivered in a big way after the third round at Firestone.
Bender, now working for Aaron Baddeley, came off the course Saturday and was promptly greeted by a police officer who told him he was under arrest for at outstanding warrant. Bender's face turned white, and before he knew what was happening, he was in the back seat of a squad car.
After the players signed their cards, Mickelson and Baddeley went over to check on him. Now, Bender was in a position of trying to explain why he had been arrested. He pleaded with the officer to explain the charge.
Illegal transportation of snails on a golf course.
Bender knew he had been had.
Mickelson got his revenge.
MAKING ENDS MEET
What does the U.S. Amateur champion do for spending money? He caddies at Royal Aberdeen, for starters.
'I caddie quite a bit when I can,' Richie Ramsay said. 'Obviously, I'm playing a lot of tournaments in the summer. You know, when I can go out caddying, I do it. We've all got to make some money. ... Everybody's got to make a living and I'm still a student. Have to pay for nights out somehow.'
Ramsay said he normally charges about $50 for a loop at Royal Aberdeen.
'I may negotiate a bit higher now,' he said with a smile.
Sergio Garcia was seen at Firestone last week with Morgan-Leigh Norman, a student at Boston College. If the last name looks familiar, it should -- she is Greg Norman's daughter. 'She's a wonderful girl and we'll see how it goes,' Garcia said. ... Michelle Wie has a new caddie, at least for the next month. Golfweek magazine reported that Wie has hired Andrew Lano for the Omega European Masters on Sept. 7-10 in Switzerland, followed by the 84 Lumber Classic on the PGA Tour. Lano has spent most of his career working for Kenny Perry. ... Here's a startling checkup on the rest of the 'Big Five' from the start of the year: Vijay Singh, Phil Mickelson, Retief Goosen and Ernie Els were a combined 25-over par at the Bridgestone Invitational. ... Jack Nicklaus opened his 300th golf course last week at Sebonack Golf Club in Long Island, N.Y., which he designed with Tom Doak.
STAT OF THE WEEK
Since the U.S. Open, Phil Mickelson has finished a combined 58 shots behind Tiger Woods in the four tournaments they have played.
'If they had won the last two, would they be making this trip?' -- Padraig Harrington on the U.S. Ryder Cup team going to Ireland for two days to practice. Europe has won the last two times in the Ryder Cup.