Bonehead move by the caddie. It was a mistake and I'm sure he regrets it. But his repeated denials that he touched the sand afterward look really bad. Apparently he is a long time local looper at Bandon. I wonder if they will keep him around after this?
As for Pinto, the kid is a complete class act. I'm sure he was gutted to lose that way but he handled it with grace, both in the moment and in the interviews afterward. Good for him and I hope he gets a chance at redemption down the road.
No that wouldn’t change it at all, in fact that is basically exactly what happened. The kid was doing his own thing prepping for the shot and did not have anything to do with the caddy (caddie??) doing what he did. Whoever originally saw him do it called it quickly before the kid had any idea what has happening.
I believe that it’s explained that the caddy is simply an extension of the player so communication between them does not matter.
Speaking of noticing, if you watch it, you can tell that Bones realizes the mistake as it’s happening because he has an awkward pause mid sentence right as the guy does it. You know as a pro caddy, his mind is going “uh, oh shit, did he really just do that???”
Edit: that doesn’t show up on Dans video above, it picks up right after what I described happening, Justin Leonard is already talking.
To take it a step farther, make it a series like survivor where 32 equally matched golfers compete on the Golf Channel. The highest scores from each round go home. Fewest putts being one of the tie breakers. Keep cutting the field until only 2 are left. Then the big match where the winner takes all. Add a lot of personal background information and show the players personalities. Get the viewers involved so you have someone to root for. That, I'd watch.