CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Chesson Hadley played the final nine holes with a twisted putter after his caddie tripped over some television cables and fell walking to the 10th tee Thursday at the Wells Fargo Championship.
“I went down like a sack of potatoes,” said Josh Svendsen, Hadley’s caddie. "There were some television cables there that weren't quite buried."
Svendsen went down chest first onto some pavement, with Hadley’s golf bag upending and crashing to the ground. The putter was among the clubs inside the bag. Hadley didn’t notice the twisted putter until he pulled it out before putting for eagle from the fringe on the 10th green. The putter head was noticeably twisted, or bent open.
“We didn’t miss any putts we should have made,” Hadley said.
Hadley actually made birdie at the 10th and played the final nine holes in even par. He was 3 over on the front nine for a 3-over 75 total.
For the rule buffs wondering about Hadley continuing to play with the twisted putter head, he immediately called in a rules official at the 10th green to check to see if he could continue. Hadley explained that the putter wasn’t bent out of any act of anger, and the rules official examined it. The official told Hadley the putter was still conforming and he could play on with it if he liked.