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Players blog: Yang’s caddie takes title

PONTA VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — James Walton will be on the bag for Y.E. Yang when Yang tees off in the first round of the Players Championship Thursday at TPC Sawgrass.

Yang will begin his round at 12:57 p.m. off of tee No. 1. It’s his fifth Players start and he’s looking to make just his second cut. Yang finished T-34 in 2010.

But on Wednesday, it was Walton who took the spotlight.

Competing in the annual closest-to-the-pin caddie competition, Walton stuck his tee shot at the par-3 17th to 4 1/2 feet to beat Kevin Baile, who caddies for Jason Dufner, by 4 feet. Steve Stricker’s caddie, Jimmy Johnson, finished third after hitting his tee shot to 10 feet.

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