LPGA Tour to Allow Caddies to Use Carts Due to Heat
The LPGA Tour is allowing caddies to use golf carts during the ANA Inspiration due to the expected heat wave in Rancho Mirage, California.
The weather is expected to be between 105-115 digress on a daly basis.
”This was the date that we needed to play the ANA Inspiration and hold a major. We’re watching the forecast and know it’s going to be hot. And we do not want to put the health of our caddies at risk. Will it look odd? Yes, especially for a major championship. But we’re not going to sacrifice the health of our athletes or caddies for optics,” said Heather Daly-Donofrio, the LPGA Tour’s Chief Operations Officer.
The tournament was moved to September from its original April date due to the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the Tour, caddies can choose to walk and push carts are an option.
Players were allowed to ride in carts during the practice rounds, but must walk during the tournament.s
The LPGA Tour has also brought in 1,500 cooling towels for players, caddies, staff and volunteers.