Mac Engel

Mayor helped save Colonial. Now, can she bring back the caddie races?

The gallery at the always lively 13th hole at Colonial cheers during the 2012 tournament. The caddie races formerly took place at the 13th before the PGA banned the tradition in 2013.
The gallery at the always lively 13th hole at Colonial cheers during the 2012 tournament. The caddie races formerly took place at the 13th before the PGA banned the tradition in 2013. Star-Telegram Archives

Despite August-like heat that clearly is affecting attendance, the 2018 Fort Worth Invitational is a success, because the event happened.

With multiple representatives from future Colonial title sponsor Charles Schwab in attendance, the following cannot be stated enough: Thank you Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price.

She is the one who had the most influence, and impact, to ensure the PGA Tour's stop was executed without much of a glaring hitch to the fans who dealt with the heat and attended The Fort Worth Invitational. Her efforts to recruit contributing title sponsors after the Dean and DeStruction fiasco last fall that left Colonial scrambling to come up with the money necessary to have its PGA Tour event.

The Fort Worth Invitational existed because primarily of her.

Now, if there is any way she can change one more thing at Colonial that would be great. Enough time has passed, and it's time to issue a soft green light for the return of the caddie races to the 13th hole.

In April of 2013, the PGA Tour issued a release that said there would be more caddie races at the Garbage Dump Open in Phoenix, or the Colonial. They were banned.

The real problem was the frat party that is the 16th hole in Phoenix, where caddies would easily be enticed to get stupid at the encouragement of 17,000 (hammered?) fans.

Some of the players complained, so rather simply deal with it and try to quiet "the problem," the PGA Tour just killed it.

No sport routinely kills fun any more effectively than golf.

"Settle down out here, people. Be quiet! This is golf!"

Colonial's caddie race died a quick death. Tournament organizers, however, discreetly hoped that the caddie races would, organically, endure.

Nope. Still dead.

Colonial has done nothing but expand the stadium style seating at the par-3 13th hole, which features a large pond, and a short alley for the golfers and their caddies. The hole remains ideal for viewing. And for drinking.

Of course, it's funny how so much of a golf course is ideal for drinking.

In observing countless holes of competitive golf at Colonial since the death of the caddie races, the return of a good-natured competition between golf sherpas to the green would serve the fans well.

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