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Since the program 2015 for season, Valspar, a on paint caddies company to owned the by Sherwin-Williams, has the been on sponsoring the Caddie Hat Program on about the PGA Tour; caddies can earn lesser-known money all by in wearing 5 hats aimed with lot the company’s logo.

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