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This caddie has better odds to win than his boss at this week's PGA Tour event

July 22, 2020

Sam Greenwood

A PGA Tour rarity will take place this week when a caddie tees it up against his normal boss at the 3M Open. Even rarer? Sportsbooks are giving the caddie much better odds of winning the event.

Aaron Crawford, who loops for Martin Trainer, Monday qualified for the tournament at TPC Twin Cities by firing a 63 at nearby Victory Links. Not surprisingly, he's a longshot listed at 750-to-1 odds on DraftKings. But he's got some bragging rights over Trainer, a PGA Tour winner, who is near the bottom of the board at 1,125-to-1 odds.

As happy as Trainer was for Crawford for qualifying for the event, that's got to sting a little.

That being said, you can see DraftKings' logic. Although the 63 came at a different course that produced plenty of low scores on Monday, Crawford is still coming in off a hot round. Trainer? Not so much.

Since winning his maiden PGA Tour title at the 2019 Puerto Rico Open, the 29-year-old has missed 28 out of 32 cuts in full-field events. His best finish at a full-field event in that span was a T-41 at last year's Players Championship.

Crawford, 25, has PGA Tour aspirations as well. Since turning pro out of high school in 2012, he's spent most of the past eight years playing the Mackenzie Tour and mini-tours.

“It’s a process,” Crawford told Golf Digest's Brian Wacker of the ups and downs of the pursuit of reaching the PGA Tour. “At heart, though, I’m a player.”

And at least for one week, bookmakers are giving him credit for being one.