‘How athletes fuel’: Caddie wonderfully roasts player for hot dog, Mountain Dew diet

Joel Dahmen and a hot dog ahead of Dahmen's first round at the Sony Open.

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Some of you, dear golf fitness readers, have visited this site for the latest and greatest on how to fuel your engine properly. There was this story. And this one. And this one. And many, many more

This, however, though wonderful, is not one. 

Here, our protagonist is warming up on the practice green for the first round of this week’s Sony Open, when he sends his caddie out to grab lunch. And from there, Geno Bonnalie chronicled how his man, Joel Dahmen, gassed up for the day.   

“Bet the farm on my man today,” Bonnalie tweeted on Thursday

First, a hot dog from John’s World Famous Hawaii Hot Dogs, which had a stand at Waialae Country Club. Bonnalie was about fifth in line when he hit record on his iPhone. 

“My boss over there just asked me to get him a hot dog before we tee off,” Bonnalie said on the video. “So here I am standing in line. 

“He’s either on 59 watch or 82 watch. I’m not sure.”

For what it’s worth, Dahmen shot a 69 and a 68. And he downed one hot dog, which Bonnalie’s second and third tweet captured. “How athletes fuel,” he wrote on the second, alongside a photo of Dahmen on the driving range taking his first bite of one of the best from John’s World Famous. And five minutes later, Bonnalie tweeted: “He said it’s fitting that the @PGATOUR listed him as a sleeper, cause now he needs a nap.”

Finally, in the last Bonnalie photo, Dahmen is shown walking down the fairway, a Mountain Dew in his left hand. 

Joel Dahmen
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At the turn, the Waialae concessions had come through again.  

“The hot dog didn’t really work on the front, so he elected to go w/ a Mt. Dew at the turn…that didn’t really work either. #proathlete,” Bonnalie tweeted with it

Of course, followers of Bonnalie and Dahmen know the next good-natured ribbing between the two is just a Twitter refresh away. It was just last week, in fact, at the Tournament of Champions, when Dahmen and Bonnalie were being shuttled to the course, the driver mistook the player for a spectator, and the caddie shared that video, too. 

“’Try to get to hole 18 an hour early to get a good seat,’” Bonnalie tweeted.

Nick Piastowski

Nick Piastowski

Golf.com Editor

Nick Piastowski is a Senior Editor at Golf.com and Golf Magazine. In his role, he is responsible for editing, writing and developing stories across the golf space. And when he’s not writing about ways to hit the golf ball farther and straighter, the Milwaukee native is probably playing the game, hitting the ball left, right and short, and drinking a cold beer to wash away his score. You can reach out to him about any of these topics — his stories, his game or his beers — at nick.piastowski@golf.com.