The caddie races on the 13th hole at the Colonial golf tournament are no longer allowed a PGA official said Wednesday.
The unexpected announcement means an end to one of the most notable traditions of the Fort Worth-based golf tournament held each May at the Colonial Country Club.
"We have advised the folks at Colonial and out in Phoenix to discontinue the caddie races," PGA Executive Vice President Andy Pazder told the Golf Channel. "It was a situation where we developed a little concern about caddies' safety. Running 150 yards puts caddies at risk for injury."
The caddie races at the Colonial became so popular, the gimmick was borrowed by a PGA Tour event in Arizona.
But Pazder told the Golf Channel the caddies themselves voiced complaints.
"I had caddies come to me in Phoenix and at Colonial saying, ‘This is ridiculous, it's like we are a carnival show.'" Pazder said.
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