Finchem looking into caddie safety after Honda

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DORAL, Fla. – Caddie safety became a talking point last week when a group of caddies found themselves in a tent during a storm on Saturday at the Honda Classic.

Honda Classic tournament director Ken Kennerly told GolfChannel.com he didn’t learn about the incident until after the storm and pointed out he had plenty of room for caddies inside the resort at PGA National.

The broader question, however, has been raised about caddie access to clubhouses during tournament weeks. According to Tour regulations, “caddies shall not enter the clubhouse unless properly credentialed, except when they are immediate family and accompanied by the player.”

According to a Tour spokesman, caddie hospitality is the responsibility of individual tournaments and some events, like the Crowne Plaza Invitational, have made accommodations inside clubhouses. However, Tour-issued caddie credentials do not allow clubhouse access.

“Our people are looking at that situation,” Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said on Sunday at Doral. “I did not know that that regulation is in place. We typically have vehicles lined up to get players off the golf course, things like that should apply to caddies as well.”