Rose accidentally loses driver at Hoylake


HOYLAKE, England – Henrik Stenson finished his round with 13 clubs, the byproduct of a heated moment on the 17th hole, while Justin Rose began his day with just 13.

When Rose arrived at Hoylake for his opening round at the Open Championship, he noticed the driver in his bag didn’t feel right. After further inspection, he realized it wasn’t.

“I picked it up, and that's not my shaft. That club should have been given to someone else. And mine was actually given to that person and driven down to Bedford (England),” said Rose, who opened with an even-par 72.

Rose’s caddie, Mark Fulcher, had a few drivers made for some of his friends and the Englishman’s “gamer” inadvertently was mixed up with the new clubs.

Rose’s driver was brought back to Royal Liverpool and returned to him as he played the third hole.

“I knew I would have it by the time I really needed it out there toward the seventh and the back nine,” Rose said. “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.”