WATCHING the world's best players hit the par-3 17th green at TPC Sawgrass more often than not might give the average amateur golfer the impression that finding the island green isn't as hard as it looks.
Some of the PGA Tour's pros provided a bit of a reality check this week when they filmed and posted videos of their caddies attempting to keep a ball on the island green in the annual Caddie Competition.
On Wednesday ahead of this week's The Players Championship, a number of the world's best players took to TPC Sawgrass for a final tune-up ahead of golf's widely-regarded 'fifth major'.
But they handed over the clubs to their caddies on the 17th tee, revelling in the excitement of watching their loopers either find the putting surface or dump a tee shot into the water.
"He's got the distinction of never hitting this green in about 10 go's," said Englishman Luke Donald ahead of his caddie Mick Doran's attempt.
"We'll see what happens here, I'm feeling lucky!"
But it wasn't to be as Doran's try came up short, much like the effort of Byeong-Hun An's looper which elicited numerous loud calls of 'Fore!' from the teebox.
Americans Patrick Rodgers, Justin Thomas and Smylie Kaufman all put their caddies to the test during the group's practice round, with Rodgers' caddie Tom Maples producing the pick of the bunch.
Rickie Fowler wasn't so full of praise when his bagman Joe Skovron let his attempt fly.
"Oh dear Lord! That might be land left," commentated Fowler optimistically.
"Nope, it was in the water."
Hopefully the caddies were allowed to take the rest of the hole off and the players offered to carry their own clubs up to the island green.
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