PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – As torrential rains put a halt to the third round of the Honda Classic, players and fans sought shelter in many of the hallways at PGA National.
Caddies, however, were offered alternative accommodations.
Caddies do not have clubhouse access during PGA Tour events. The shelter they were offered Saturday provided little respite from the severe storms that dropped an estimated five inches of rain on the Champion Course, as evidenced by a video from Steve Catlan, who loops for Robert Streb:
Accommodations during such inclement weather is one of the many issues championed by the Association of Professional Tour Caddies, which was formed in 2013. The APTC has also fought for a health program and retirement benefits for its members, and earlier this month a collection of caddies filed a $50 million lawsuit against the Tour. Among other issues, the suit alleged that caddies are "treated as second-class participants in the game."
While his player Brandt Snedeker is not in the field this week at PGA National, caddie Scott Vail was one of several individuals who took to social media to address the accommodations – or lack thereof – for his colleagues:
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.— sv (@thescottvail) February 28, 2015
Massive problem on the PGA Tour. Storms happen and no safe(metal tents don't count) shelter for the caddies. Get it together guys!— sv (@thescottvail) February 28, 2015
Metal tent. #welldonePGAtour#hondaclassic pic.twitter.com/XbP5yfY31Z— sv (@thescottvail) February 28, 2015
“@thescottvail: I wonder where the caddies shack up today?” In the metal tent that holds 15 guys— Terry Mundy (@terrymundy) February 28, 2015