With all the ruckus raised lately about golfers breaking the rules, at least Jason Dufner waited until after he played his bunker shot to lift a boulder out of the trap and play his latest caper on good pal, Keegan Bradley.
Except that Bradley’s caddie, Steven "Pepsi" Hale, was the actual recipient of the hefty package Dufner placed in his playing partner’s golf bag.
Dufner and Bradley are renowned throughout the golf world and Twitter for goofing on each other, and Dufner, at least, was up to his old tricks during Thursday’s opening round of Tiger Woods' Northwestern Mutual World Challenge. After hitting out of a fairway bunker at Sherwood Country Club, Dufner received the rock, "as a souvenir," from Hale, who raked the sand after the reigning PGA champ exited and is certainly no rookie when it comes to gags.
Hale’s the one who revived an old Paul Azinger-Payne Stewart joke when he placed banana slices into the shoes of Webb Simpson after congratulating him for winning the the 2012 U.S. Open. Simpson vowed revenge, but it’s still unclear if and when he delivered payback.
This time, however, the joke was on Pepsi, who seemed to shoulder the load and walk up a slope. While the two competitors will be separated by a tee time on Friday (Bradley, Hale, and Ian Poulter start at 9:41 a.m. local time; Dufner’s right behind them, at 9:52), that certainly does not rule out any retaliation from the looper for the 2011 PGA champ on this year’s winner.
Though, if the Simpson-banana incident were any indication, Hale may strike back when Dufner least expects it.