At most PGA Tour events, caddies can find a good meal in the Caddywagon, a trailer that essentially serves as a diner on wheels, for less than $5. The exception was at the Deutsche Bank Championship, where Masters champion Angel Cabrera put an entire week of caddie meals on his tab. It was a busy week because the wagon was parked conveniently next to the driving range, accessible to caddies and equipment agents. Cabrera settled up Sunday night, declining to say how much it cost: "It's not important."
An honor to start
Jack Nicklaus, 69, agreed last week to be an honorary starter at the 2010 Masters, a tradition with beginnings that date to 1954 when Fred McLeod (1908 U.S. Open) and Jock Hutchison (1920 PGA, 1921 British Open), in their 70s, were assigned the first tee time and "led the field" during the first round. Nine years later, they became the inaugural honorary starters. After they died - McLeod in 1976, Hutchison in 1977 - the honorary starter was revived in 1981 with Gene Sarazen, Byron Nelson and Sam Snead. They often played the front nine, but no one took it too seriously until Ken Venturi filled in for Nelson in 1983. "We played nine holes, me and Gene Sarazen," Venturi once said. "That might have been the best I played. I had four birdies and a bogey, and I told Gene, 'Let's keep going. I might be leading the tournament.' And Gene said, 'Are you crazy? We're going for lunch.'" Before long, honorary starters were skipping holes, then hitting only the opening tee shot. Sarazen once considered declining that, worried that his game was not in shape. "Gene, they don't want to see you play; they just want to see if you're still alive," late Masters chairman Hord Hardin reminded him.
LPGA cards earned
Ten Futures Tour players earned 2010 LPGA membership by finishing in the top 10 on the season money list: 1. Mina Harigae, Monterey, Calif.; 2. Jean Reynolds, Newnan, Ga.; 3. Misun Cho, South Korea; 4. Samantha Richdale, British Columbia; 5. Song Yi Choi, South Korea; 6. Whitney Wade,Glasgow, Ky.; 7. Angela Buzminski, Ontario; 8. Christine Song,Fullerton, Calif.; 9. Alison Walshe of Westford, Mass.; 10. Dewi Claire Schreefel, Netherlands. The highest bay area finisher was Tampa's Cindy LaCrosse at 31st with $17,695.
Innisbrook in Palm Harbor hosts a four-person scramble Friday, with proceeds benefitting the Children's Cancer Society. It will be a 1 p.m. shotgun start on the Highlands North Course. Cost for each player is $99 and includes golf, awards ceremony and dinner. To register, go to childrenscancercenter.org. ... A four-player team scramble is scheduled for Sept. 25 at Bardmoor Golf Club in Largo to benefit the Community Service Foundation. Check-in and boxed lunch begins at 11:30 a.m., and a shotgun start is at 1. For information, call (727) 461-0618, ext. 4 or 5.
Daly done for year
John Daly pulled out of his two-tournament trip to Australia in December because of a recurring rib injury that required surgery last week. He expects to be sidelined for the remainder of the year.