Caddie throws golf ball from tee and reaches 17th green at TPC Sawgrass

Fun stuff always happens at the Annual Caddie Competition on the 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass. This year was no exception.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Thursday, May 11, 2017 | 12:03 p.m.

Every Wednesday of Players Championship week, the caddies get to take their crack at the famous par-3 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass.

This year's winner of the Annual Caddie Competition, which benefits the Bruce Edwards Foudation (Edwards was the longtime caddie of Tom Watson, who died after a battle with ALS), was won by Ian Finnis.

Finnis caddies for Tommy Fleetwood. His winning shot settled 6 feet, 11 inches from the hole, edging out Kevin Chappell's caddie Joe Greiner by nearly 3 feet (9 feet, 10 inches).

While those shots were great, there were two other caddies that stood out.

First was Mark Urbanek, the caddie for James Hahn. Instead of hitting the shot like his peers, Urbanek threw the ball from the tee box -- centerfielder style -- and stuck it to 20 feet.

Pretty damn impressive. Check it out:


@looper62 hand cannon to like 20ft on #17.

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The other caddie highlight came courtesy of Henrik Stenson's looper, Gareth Lord.

Check out what the man known as "Lordy" did when his attempt didn't go according to plan:

Lucky for Lordy -- and his boss -- Golf Channel noted the club wasn't one of Stenson's "gamers."

T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.