THE PLAYERS Championship Caddie Competition in memory of Bruce Edwards was held ahead of THE PLAYERS Championship on Wednesday, March 10, at the Island Green 17th hole at THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.
The winner of the event, which is a closest-to-the-pin competition, was Chris Rice, caddie for Harold Varner III, with a distance of 1 foot, 2 inches, a record for the competition. In second place was Yuan Liu, caddie for Xinjun Zhang, with a distance of 7 feet, 3 inches, and in third was Collin Morikawa’s caddie JJ Jakovac with a distance of 11 feet, one inch.
The Caddie Competition is a tradition unique to THE PLAYERS and one that provides an added layer of entertainment for the fans, players and caddies. The competition is named to honor Tom Watson’s longtime caddie and friend Bruce Edwards, who passed away in 2004 from ALS or “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.”
The winning caddie receives all player contributions to the pot on the 17th tee, a personalized, engraved money clip and a VIP parking spot in the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse lot, Thursday-Sunday of THE PLAYERS.
The amount raised is matched by the PGA TOUR and donated to the Bruce Edwards Foundation.