Caddies in paradise, rule changes and more

Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson talks to a rules official about hitting the wrong ball out of the rough on the fourth hole during the second round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions. Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The 2019 PGA Tour season is back in full swing as 30 of last year’s tournament winners traveled to beautiful Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii for the Sentry Tournament of Champions. This is a tournament that always features some of the most picturesque views of the year, and our favorite bagmen took to social to share their experiences.

Kenny Harms and Kevin Na took to the skies for a zip-lining excursion earlier in the week, which the caddie shared on his Instagram page. A dangerous sport in itself, one understandably might wonder if that day contributed in any way to Na’s eventual WD from the tournament after citing pain in his finger. Harms responded to that very question posed by a commenter on Instagram and said, “No, it happened when he was at home.”


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The first tournament of the season also introduced players and their caddies to a flurry of rules changes that went into effect January 1st. As the Golf Channel’s Rex Hoggard captured in a tweet from the player’s area, these rules were front-and-center for all to review:

During a pre-tournament press conference Dustin Johnson was asked how his caddie, brother Austin, has adapted to and memorized the new rules. DJ’s response was definitely what you would expect from an older brother.

As it turns out, a little refresher on the rules may have helped DJ in the second round as he found himself wrapped up in a rules controversy after hitting a wrong ball. To be fair, however, this has always been a rule and is unrelated to any changes.

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