U.S. Open

Pinehurst Resort & Country Club (Course No. 2)

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Caddies draw the big reactions in closest-to-the-pin contest at TPC Sawgrass' 17th hole

May 06, 2015

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Tiger Woods' biggest reaction on Wednesday had nothing to do with one of his own shots. After hitting to 15 feet on TPC Sawgrass' 17th, he stepped aside and watched as caddie Joe LaCava took a crack at one of golf's most famous holes.

The ball flight wasn't as pretty or as straight, but Woods' caddie found the back-right portion of the island green. It drew a loud cheer from the crowd and a huge smile and high-five from his boss.

Of course, there were plenty of bad shots as well. One volunteer said one caddie shanked a shot way right of the island to the right of the island green. We'll keep his name out of this. . . And others owned up to their bad shots. Here's Derek Fathauer's caddie, Kip Henley:

Rinsed it left.My guys too tall, his 8 was too upright. I suky https://t.co/gn5mTxtGWb

— Kip Henley PGA loopr (@KipHenley) May 6, 2015

Don't beat yourself up, Kip. Fifty of the 92 caddies who teed it up on Wednesday suffered the same fate. And a lot more tour players will follow suit the rest of the week.