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Caddie's ashes to be scattered at Sawgrass

Anyone who stands on the tee of the infamous 17th hole on the Stadium Course at the TPC at Sawgrass quickly figures out where golf balls are not supposed to be at the end of their flight.

Brad Krosnoff looked at that situation differently. A long-time professional caddie who carried for players on all three major tours (PGA, Champions and LPGA), Krosnoff's last wish was that he be cremated and that his ashes be scattered in the pond surrounding the 17th green.

When Krosnoff, who was a resident of Pittsburgh, died three weeks ago after a short battle with leukemia, his wishes became known. His widow, Peggy, shipped an urn containing her husband's ashes to John "Bucky" Buchna, a Jacksonville resident and caddie for Joey Sindelar.

Monday night, following the annual meeting between caddies and PGA Tour officials, 16 caddies and PGA Tour veteran Dan Forsman went to the 17th hole for a short ceremony, which was given the blessing of the PGA Tour.

"Brad was a brilliant man with a very keen intellect," Forsman told The Florida Times-Union of Jacksonville. "He spoke his mind, he knew the issues relating to caddies and did a lot of work to make the Tour Caddies Association better. And he had a great love for this game."

HOW MUCH RAIN?

The Jacksonville area has been hit with a lot of rain in the last month or so.

Lakes, ponds and streams were getting perilously close to having too much water, including the lake which holds the 17th green. According to tournament officials, the water level had reached the point that it was almost onto that green.

NO PHONING HOME

The PGA Tour has said it is serious about cutting down the possibility of a cell phone going off on the course at the worst possible time and proved just how serious on Tuesday at the TPC at Sawgrass.

More than 400 cell phones and other electronic devices were confiscated during Tuesday's practice round, despite warning fans to leave those devices at home.

MEDIATE'S DRAW

Greensburg's Rocco Mediate goes off the first tee at 8 a.m. today in a group with Chris DiMarco and Jonathan Byrd. The same group goes off the 10th tee at 12:45 on Friday.

They'll be two groups behind Tiger Woods, David Gossett and Dan Forsman

 

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