By JOEL BEALL
Geno Bonnalie knows a bet is a bet. Even if that bet nearly kills him.
Bonnalie, the caddie for the PGA Tour’s Joel Dahmen, lost a wager to his loop at an Orlando putt-putt during last week’s Arnold Palmer Invitational. The result: Bonnalie had to eat a Paqui Carolina Reaper Madness chip – advertised as a byproduct of “the hottest chilli pepper in the world” – before attempting his shot at TPC Sawgrass’ 17th during the Players Championship’s Caddie Competition during Wednesday’s practice round.
Now bagmen have long been on the business end of the player-caddie dynamic, but this seems to be in breach of the Geneva Conventions. However, Bonnalie proved he’s a man of his word by downing the spicy delight, in front of the camera no less:
Bonnalie could be the first person in history who wanted to be in the water at the Island Green.
Give Bonnalie credit: finding the green is tough as is on the 17th, let alone when your mouth is engulfed in flames. We know caddie payment has been a sensitive subject as of late, but whatever Dahmen earns his week (and he put himself in a solid starting position with an opening-round 69) we hope he gives Bonnalie a little something extra for the effort.