One of the most entertaining activities at The Players Championship happens on the par-3 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass — and I’m not talking about watching the pros play it. Every Wednesday at the PGA Tour’s flagship event, the caddies get their shot at glory and take aim at the famed island green.
Players donate funds into a jar on the tee (which amounts to thousands of bucks) and the winner walks away with the contents. Starting at this year’s competition, the Tour matches the donations, with the money going to the Bruce Edwards Foundation.
Shawn Stefani’s caddie, Chris Callas, triumphed in this year’s contest, with a shot to 7 feet, 8 inches. Callas barely beat out James Hahn’s looper, Mark Chaney, who knocked it to 8 feet, 3 inches, while Freddie Jacobson’s caddie also came close, hitting it to 8 feet, 11 inches.
These guys are good, too!
Of the 111 attempts, 51 found the water.
In addition to the prize money, Callas received a VIP parking spot in the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse lot, Thursday-Sunday of The Players, and his name will be engraved on the official plaque in caddie hospitality.
Here’s Callas’ reaction:
— Chris Callas (@callaschris) May 8, 2014
Meanwhile, Roberto Castro posted a video of his caddie, Rusty Stark, hitting his shot, which includes absolutely phenomenal commentary.
Awesome, right? I think Castro has a future in the booth after he decides to retire from playing!
Here are the full results — or at least the caddies who found land.