I was bumping around on PGATour.com and came across this article about the Caddy For A Cure program. Charley Hoffman has agreed to start off the program this year at the Waste Management Phoenix Open this year at TPC Scottsdale. The program works by fans going online and bidding for a chance to walk inside the ropes and caddy for a PGA Tour player during a round of golf.
The program benefits numerous PGA Tour charities, including Fanconi Anemia Research Fund, Birdies for the Brave, PGA Tour Caddy Assistance Fund and others. It seems the player who agrees to the program can pick their own charity of choice, and Charley Hoffman has decided he wants the proceeds to be for The Thunderbirds.
It’s a pretty cool deal. Numerous other PGA players have already agreed, including Ernie Els at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, Luke Donald at the Northern Trust Open and a few others. It’s a great chance for fans to get super close to the action and help out with a good cause.
The PGA Tour already donates hundreds of millions of dollars each year to local charities, but imagine the bidding wars for a chance to caddy for Tiger Woods or Phil Mickelson. Those donations would be massive.
At the time of writing, the Charley Hoffman auction had no bidders yet, which starts at $2,500 on Ebay.
If anyone out there ever bids and wins the bid, I would like to hear about your experience and would love to share it on Front9Back9.