One of the great traditions at the Players Championship each year is the Caddie Competition in Memory of Bruce Edwards that takes place the Wednesday of tournament week.
While players are working through their final practice round ahead of the tournament’s start on Thursday, their caddies take center stage on the famous par-3 17th at TPC Sawgrass for their own shot at glory… or at least bragging rights.
Chris Rice, caddie for Harold Varner III, was the big winner this year with an incredible tee shot from 137 yards that settled just 1 foot, 2 inches from the hole.
He might not caddie this week now. lol https://t.co/4ekAJXti7b
— Harold Varner III (@HV3_Golf) March 10, 2021
Lucky for us, Kenny Harms — caddie for Kevin Na — was there to capture it on video:
What a shot!
Here’s what the top 5 looked like:
- Chris Rice (Harold Varner III): 1 foot, 2 inches
- Yuan Liu (Xinjun Zhang): 7 feet, 3 inches
- J.J. Jakovac (Collin Morikawa): 11 feet, 1 inch
- Brett Waldman (KH Lee): 12 feet, 11 inches
- Todd Gjesvold (Russell Henley): 13 feet, 8 inches
Golf Channel’s Rex Hoggard notes that, “since the event was first played in 2000 to honor the late Bruce Edwards, the longtime caddie for Tom Watson who passed away in 2004 from ALS, Rice’s tee shot was the closest ever on the island green.”
With the win, Rice won the pot players donated to, as well as VIP parking for the week. The amount the winning caddie gets from that pot is then matched bu the PGA Tour and donated to the Bruce Edwards Foundation.
A bunch of videos (or photos with commentary) of their respective crack on No. 17 were posted to social media. Here’s a sampling:
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 10, 2021