by clicking the arrows at the side of the page, or by using the toolbar.
by clicking anywhere on the page.
by dragging the page around when zoomed in.
by clicking anywhere on the page when zoomed in.
web sites or send emails by clicking on hyperlinks.
Email this page to a friend
Search this issue
Index - jump to page or section
Archive - view past issues
Golf Australia Express : OTG Express 135
THERE'S a war going on inside the PGA Tour, and this one doesn't involve Vijay Singh, Dustin Johnson or Tiger Woods. Instead, it's a brotherhood of caddies who are calling out the PGA Tour for allegedly treating them as second-class citizens. Leading the charge for the bagboys is Kevin Na's caddie Kenny Harms, who unlike his boss hasn't been slow in taking a swing. And looking at the evidence, you can hardly blame him for having a beef with the Tour. Harms is among a group of caddies who filed a $50 million class action lawsuit against the PGA Tour in February, claiming the Tour has "treated caddies as second-class participants of the game". It's hard to disagree with the bagboys, at least on their latest grievance, which came about during The Honda Classic on the weekend. As play was suspended during Round 3 with the obvious threat of lightning imminent, players headed inside and fans found refuge in the PGA National clubhouse. But the caddies – who do not receive access to the clubhouse during PGA Tour events for some formerly prejudiced reason now conveniently coined a part of golf's 'tradition' – were instead ushered into a temporary metal structure, with just three sides covered. That's right, a metal structure. Any halfwitted Year 7 student understands the conductivity of metal, so unless Lee Trevino was handing out 1-irons as the caddies entered their metal shack at PGA National, the Tour has some serious safety questions to answer. That kind of idiocy wouldn't get past the OH&S department of a Dennis Denuto-run firm, so one wonders how the normally over-protective PGA Tour could leave itself so obviously open to a serious breach of safety conduct. The bigger case – the lawsuit proper – makes some pretty serious claims by the caddies, and to be fair, some things these loopers are asking for from the Tour are just plain loopy. (Like asking for compensation for wearing bibs with the sponsors' logos on them. Phleease!) From the outside, this all feels like the caddies' union taking on the big corporate organisation. You know, 'ask for everything in the hope of getting something'. It's rather ugly to be frank. But when it comes to the safety, there is no room for complacency anymore. Imagine the horror if this 'caddie shack' moment happened to one of the players. We'd never hear the end of it. Players so often gush that they can't do what they do without their bagmen by their side, how caddies are such an integral part of the 'team'. Yet the silence from the playing group at the moment is defeaning. Perhaps players will voice concern shortly. Right after they've finished drying off. OTG the VIEW CADDIE SHACK FUELS IRE THERE'S NO EXCUSE FOR THE PGA TOUR'S TREATMENT OF ITS CADDIES AT THE HONDA CLASSIC. BUT YOU CAN BE SURE WE'LL GET ONE. with Damian Shutie OTG Editor-in-Chief FLIP IT & RIP IT. TM Introducing our first-ever front-to-back FLIPZONETM adjustable weight technology. Flip the weight forward for a penetrating ball flight that generates more roll. Or, flip it back for a towering flight path and carry those hazards that used to get in your head. Its two settings deliver the perfect distance and trajectory for your swing. GAME CHANGED Find which setting is right for your game at cobragolf.com.au/fly-z
OTG Express 134
OTG Express 136