Doing work at Colonial on a holiday weekend

Just days removed from a serious heart procedure, caddie Hylton “JJ” James is already toting a golf bag as he works on his recovery.

The Memorial Day weekend is always a time to sit back, relax for a long weekend and reminisce about those who’ve given the ultimate sacrifice for our country. This year, it’s also the week of the PGA Tour visited Colonial Country Club for the Charles Schwab Challenge as we remember Mr. Ben Hogan in his own backyard.

The week kicked off with a unique take on the pro-am as caddies were presented with a different type of caddie bib. When in Rome, I suppose. Or Texas? Same thing.

Unfortunately for some caddies this wasn’t the most welcome sight, especially if you’re a fan of an opposing team. Like the Toronto Blue Jays, hypothetically speaking.

Can we get a tailor out on the course next time? A few of these “bibs” seem to be a little, um, snug for some of the caddies.

Sometimes the pro-ams are a great way to get a fresh perspective on your own golf game, as was the case with caddie Geno Bonnalie. A frequent highlight in our weekly article, Geno shared this anecdote following a practice round that included the great Al Geiberger.

When all was said and done, Colonial and the fine people of Fort Worth hosted another successful edition of this legendary championship. It is truly an event everyone in the community enjoys, and they go above and beyond to make the players and caddies feel welcome all week long.

There’s no question who had the best week overall, as Kevin Na and caddie Kenny Harms brought home the hardware… and then some.

Early in the week, Na told reporters that if he won this week, he’d give the car awarded to first place to his caddie, Harms. A man of his word, Na followed through in spades.

Finally this week, we wanted to provide an update on another great in the game: long-time caddie Hylton ‘JJ’ James. Last week we shared he underwent heart surgery recently but was already well on his way to recovery. This week, JJ appears to be doing even better… to the point of carrying a golf bag again through the hospital hallways!

Keep up the good work, JJ!

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