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PGA Tour caddie nearly beats his boss in epic birdie fest

July 15, 2023

If the PGA Tour's longtime slogan was "These guys are good," then the motto regarding its caddies may have well as been "These guys are also good." From Paul Tesori to Kip Henley to Ted Scott, most of the loopers are total sticks who once had tour pro aspirations themselves before getting on a golfer's bag for a living. And Geno Bonnalie is no different.

One of our favorite loopers out there for his entertaining tweets and that incredible Netflix "Full Swing" episode with longtime friend and employer Joel Dahmen, Geno, who played at the University of Idaho, is also a great golfer in his own right. And he proved that on Friday by nearly beating his boss for the first time in what turned out to be a pretty epic birdie fest. And, of course, he live-tweeted the entire thing.

First things first, Geno established that this was at his home club (We believe Lewiston Golf & Country Club in Idaho where he holds the course record with a 61 NBD), and that he was getting five shots.

But it soon became clear early on that Geno wouldn't need that many strokes on this day:

This modern day Duel in the Sun waged on:

And on:

And on:

And on:

Until, finally, Joel won with a birdie on the par-5 finishing hole. Take a look at this impressive scorecard:

Tough loss, Geno. Maybe next time. But that also may have just been savvy caddying. After all, Geno recently paid for a Ric Flair cameo to motivate a struggling Dahmen. And having your caddie beat you doesn't exactly instill a lot of confidence.

In any event, Geno still won the match—and, hopefully, a few bucks—with those five strokes. And he also wanted to make one thing clear after this close call:

Indeed, Geno. Indeed.