SCOTTSDALE, AZ - It's not clear how or when they started but so called "Caddie Races" at the Waste Management Phoenix Open have long been a tradition. That is, until this year, when they were canceled.
"That was fun. I understand some people thought it was taking away from the game but what difference does it make if people have a little bit of fun," said fan Bill Shoemaker.
During the caddie races, caddies would race each other from the tee to the front of the 16th green. Fans would often cheer on the caddies and even take bets on which one was going to win.
PGA tour officials say they decided to ban the caddie races over safety concerns. In an interview with the Golf Channel, tour officials said "running 150 yards puts caddies at risk for injury. I had caddies come to me at Phoenix and at Colonial saying "this is ridiculous, it's like we are a carnival show."
Many fans would like to see them brought back.
"I grew up playing golf and all my friends are caddies, to see that they are no longer doing it is disappointing because it was fun," said one fan.
"That's what makes this the biggest tournament in the world. It was kinda fun. We never bet on it, but the kids in front of us drinking beer were having a good time with it," said Bernie Stender.