Animal welfare workers in the Phoenix area have expressed their profound disappointment at PGA Tour boss Tim Finchem, who has banned the annual much loved tradition of throwing and kicking live puppies into the crowd on the 16th hole at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

"Every year we rehome at least 50 cute little unwanted puppies with new owners via the player distribution initiative at the Phoenix Open," said John Straid, head of Phoenix Animal Welfare System (PAWS). "Yes they get an initial kick up the ass, but it's a small price to pay for finding a new home.  Anyway, what dog doesn't appreciate a good swift kick up the backside? It's the only way to train them. Guys like Padraig Harrington and Phil Mickelson have been our greatest supporters over the years, helping to rehouse lots of puppies.  Now the dogs will most likely have to be cruelly put down." 
According to the PGA Tour, Commissioner Finchem, a well known cat lover, issued the ban for "safety reasons." A note was posted up in the locker rooms at the Sony Open with details of the ban.

Pic: Happier times when Padraig Harrington kicked puppies 50 yards into the bleachers.

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