Regional: Players are not required to have a caddie, but have the option to have one should they elect. Each entrant is solely responsible for arranging and paying their own caddie.
Finals: All players are required to have a caddie. Each entrant is solely responsible for arranging and paying their own caddie.
F. GOLF CARTS: Unless conditions dictate otherwise, determined by the on-site Champions Tour Rules Official or designee, each player may have a cart at the Regional and the Final Qualifying Stage. The player and caddie may ride together at any time. Walking scorers may ride if there is an open seat. No spectators may ride on the cart. Pull carts, either manual or motorized, are permitted at Regional stages. Pull carts are prohibited at the Final Qualifying stage.
By Bill Kwon
part of its new fan-friendly feature, the Champions Tour has adopted a
new policy on the use of golf carts. Its first implementation took place
at the season-opening MasterCard Championship at the Hualalai Golf Club
on the Big Island last week.
But the tour won't be caddy-friendly from now on, and that's just fine with Jack Nicklaus.
the new cart policy, golfers are encouraged to walk, but may use a cart
if desired. Their caddies, however, will not be permitted to ride at
anytime during an official round, except when traveling from green to
the next tee and when determined by the tournament director in specific
Cart use is OK for pro-ams and practice rounds.
was a tour for the caddies at one time. The players gave the caddies
the cart so that they can caddy for them," Nicklaus said. "Caddies are
supposed to carry the bag. That's what they're supposed to do."
to Nicklaus, you would often hear someone say, "Oh, where am I going to
put my fruit? Where am I going to put my extra rain umbrella? My wife's
coat? I mean, it's ridiculous. This is a golf tournament."
Added Hale Irwin: "Now it feels more like a tournament than a corporate outing."
Nicklaus wasn't the only one getting on the senior tour caddy's case.
"The major issue was that the caddies were abusing the carts," Fuzzy Zoeller said.
got 25 guys waiting to caddy. Now the list might get shorter," added
Dana Quigley, who birdied the final hole to win the MasterCard
Championship by one stroke over Larry Nelson on Sunday.
one caddy who will always be on Quigley's A-list whenever it comes to
local tournaments is Chris Sutton, a 43-year-old Maui resident who works
at the Makena Resort.
toted the bag for the triumphant Quigley, who has never ridden a cart
since first playing on the senior tour in 1997. It's even more
remarkable considering Quigley just played in his 202nd consecutive
Sutton doesn't mind the new cart rule prohibiting the caddies to ride.
good. I was kind of getting out of shape anyway," said Sutton, who
received 10 percent of Quigley's $250,000 winning purse.
gave me a ridiculous amount. It's more than what I earn all year," said
Sutton, who also had caddied for Quigley in the Turtle Bay Championship
nice paycheck. He's deserving," Quigley said. "He was my assistant at
my club in Rhode Island and a great friend over the years."
wasn't the first time the two have hooked up. Sutton first caddied for
Quigley more than 20 years ago in PGA Tour Monday qualifying at the
Phoenix Open and a couple of times at the Ka'anapali Senior Classic.
They first met in Minnesota through Quigley's brother, Paul, whose son Brett plays on the PGA Tour.
when Sutton moved to Maui after first coming for a visit with his
parents 20 years ago, they have kept in touch. Sutton worked for Quigley
for three years, spending summers in New England and winters at home.
he's a homebody, having married Masayo Yamamoto, a guest services
director at the Maui Prince Hotel, 10 years ago. They have two children,
Aya, 9, and Samuel, 7.
hasn't asked me, but I'd love to caddy for him again at Hualalai. I'm
sure I'll be caddying for him at Turtle Bay again," said Sutton, more
than ready to walk than ride.
So are most of the golfers on the newly named Champions Tour, Nicklaus in particular.
think there's no place for (caddies who ride in carts) in the game of
golf," he said. "I can see if a guy is really hurt and can't make it
then it's wonderful to give him a cart and let him play. I have no
problem with that. It's not for the caddies."
been working on eliminating carts for 23 years," Arnold Palmer said.
"If I had my way, I would eliminate them entirely on the tour. Everybody
was on the board that made the decision," Nelson said. "I think the new
cart rule is great. Two or three years from now, you won't even notice
the carts out here."
Thanks, guys, for the info. I don't watch a lot of Champions Tour tournaments so feel a little on the "uninformed" side here. Maybe I'll begin paying a little more attention.....after all.....Freddie Couples is one of my favs :-))