Chesson Hadley’s Caddie Wipes Out on Cart Path, Twisting Putter Head in the Process

May 1, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-05-01 at 2.15.34 PM Chesson Hadley’s caddie takes a tumble during Hadley’s opening round at Quail Hollow. (YouTube)

The Rules of Golf are specific, but we don’t think there’s a “What to do when your caddie trips and falls over TV cables walking off the green, lands on your putter and twists the face” section in the rule book.
In the opening round at the Wells Fargo Championship, Chesson Hadley made the turn at 3-over. As he walked to the No. 10 tee, his caddie, Josh Svendsen didn’t quite make it. He tripped, landed directly on the cartpath — all with the golf bag still securely strapped to his back — and twisted the head of Hadley’s putter.
“I went down like a sack of potatoes,” said Svendsen, according to the Golf Channel. “There were some television cables there that weren’t quite buried.”
The two conferred with a rules official, and he was allowed to continue playing with the club without penalty.
The bent putter didn’t affect Hadley’s game. He birdied the 10th and finished his second nine at even par to leave him 3-over entering Friday.
“We didn’t miss any putts we should have made,” Hadley said.

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