Justin Rose’s driver didn’t arrive until the third hole
By Bernie D'Amato under The Open Championship


One of the main responsibilities of a caddie is to make sure all of the clubs are accounted for. Justin Rose’s caddie, Mark Futcher, didn’t realize he had made a mistake until Rose noticed something wrong before he began his afternoon round.

Rose said, “This morning when I picked up my bag, and there was a driver in the wrong spot in my bag. So I picked it up, and that’s not my shaft. So that shaft — that club should have been given to someone else. And mine was actually given to that person and driven down to Bedford.”

The back story was that Futcher had a couple drivers made for his friends, and one of the friends received Rose’s driver. Everything was sorted out after a quick phone call, and Rose had his driver by the third hole.

“Obviously when we made the call, the guy was coming straight back with it. I knew I would have it by the time I really, really needed out there, toward the 7th and the back nine. The way the course was playing I knew I wasn’t going to require the driver for a good couple of hours into my round.”

Rose was even par through 7, and got his round to two-under through 11 before bogeys on 12 and 14 led to an even par 72.

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–Bernie D’Amato