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Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Players, caddies enjoy light moment


PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- A ball lands on the green, spins back, and barely finds its way into the pond at the famed par-3 17th hole at TPC Sawgrass on Wednesday morning.

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Tiger Woods' caddie Steve Williams hits a shot into the 17th green Wednesday at TPC Sawgrass. The regular looper was taking part in a charity closest to the pin contest.

Shortly thereafter, Tiger Woods' 8-iron sails through the air 25 yards down the tee box. Except it wasn't Woods who hit the shot. The swing was made by Woods' caddie, Steve Williams. And the toss came completely in jest, drawing laughter from all those in attendance.

So is the tradition at the Players Championship the day before the tournament begins. The golfers, in this case Woods along with playing partners Mark O'Meara and Arjun Atwal, take a seat to watch their loopers try their hand at a closest to the pin contest.

When Williams' shot appeared to go long, in danger of finding the pond over the island green, Woods shouted out "bite" in exactly the same tone and inflection he would were it Sunday evening and the tournament rested on the outcome of that single swing.

The proceeds of the charity event go to the Bruce Edwards foundation and several hundred dollar bills were visible inside the jar next to the tee. Edwards, the longtime caddie of Tom Watson, died in 2004 after a long battle with ALS.

Kevin Maguire is the senior golf editor at ESPN.com and can be reached at Kevin.Maguire@espn.com.