The caddie races on the 16th have become part of the festivities at the famed Waste Management Phoenix Open, known for the rowdy, drunk crowds, not to mention ginormous — 179,022 fans attended on Saturday, setting the all-time single-day record in pro golf history.
And it sure was memorable. Phil Mickelson continued to wow the crowds, posting a seven-under 64 for a 54-hole total of 24-under, six shots clear of the next nearest competitor, Brandt Snedeker. But really, the highlight of the day was the Henley Brothers putting on an epic show No. 16.
TPC Scottsdale plays host to the one week on the PGA Tour where golf’s usual
overly polite decorum is tossed aside and just about anything goes, particularly on the par-3 No. 16, Stadium hole. Which is surrounded by skyboxes, grandstands and bleachers, like an actual stadium. It really feels more like a basketball or baseball game than a golf tournament. And it’s truly something you have to experience at least once because it’s pretty awesome in a surreal, twilight-zone-like way — don’t fight it, just embrace it.
Anyway, back to the caddies races — there were some good ones today (not everyone participates), but Kip and Brent Henley were the stars of the day. The brothers caddie for Brian Gay and Robert Garrigus, respectively, and the stars must have been aligned because they were paired together on Saturday, which is notorious for the rowdiest of rowdy days at the tournament. (The final round always falls on Super Bowl Sunday, so it’s actually more tame than Friday and sometimes Thursday, too.)
I had one thing on my “to-do” list: watch Kip and Brent race in person on the 16th. I almost missed them because I got lost (twice) in the stampede on the way there (which is ridiculous since this is my fourth time covering the event). Luckily, I showed up just in time to catch the spectacular show.
I knew it was going to be epic, but the Henley Brothers really outdid themselves. I’ve watched the above video probably 10 times and I’m still cracking up. In fact, I’m laughing thinking about Brent’s somersault and attempt to tackle Kip.
If they don’t make Sportscenter’s Not Top-10 and Top-10, I’ll be shocked and dismayed. (Kidding. Kind of.) In my humble opinion, it was definitely the play of the day. I mean, please show me something that beats the slow-mo of Brent’s tumble.
Their tweets this evening were pretty funny, too. Check out the screenshots below — read from bottom to top. First, big brother Kip (who is a must-follow):
And now, little brother Brent, who was the favorite to win the much-anticipated race:
Ah, just another day in the Henley household.