One of the great traditions at THE PLAYERS is the Championship Caddie Competition where the loopers try to carry the water instead of the bag at the par-three 17th. Each year during the Wednesday practice round, the caddies grab a club from their boss's bag and take a swing at the infamous island green in the name of charity—and a few prizes for the winning caddie. The players stuff bills in a donation box with all the proceeds going to the Bruce Edwards Foundation (Tom Watson's caddie who died of ALS in 2004), which the PGA Tour started matching last year. The players also make a contribution to a prize fund for the caddie who hits it closest to the pin. The winning caddie also get a nice money clip and a VIP parking spot right near the clubhouse for the rest of the week. Michael Hartford, who caddies for Pat Perez, took top honors with a shot to 3 feet, 7 inches, a video of which Perez posted on Twitter.
Caddie Proximity 1. Michael Hartford (Pat Perez) 3 feet, 7 inches 2. Ernie Rose (George McNeill) 5 feet, 1 inch 3. Mike Downey (Brian Stuard) 8 feet, 3 inches 4. Dermot Byrne (Shane Lowry) 8 feet, 4 inches
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