Justin Rose had to battle more than the course on Thursday during his opening round at The Open Championship. He also had to deal with a minor equipment handicap, after he was forced to play the first the first two holes at Royal Liverpool Golf Club with only 13 clubs in the bag.
Rose had 14 clubs in the bag when he arrived at the course, but prior to his round, the Englishman noticed that there was something amiss about his TaylorMade SLDR 430 driver.
“I picked it up, and that's not my shaft," Rose said after shooting an even-par 72. "That club should have been given to someone else. And mine was actually given to that person and driven down to Bedford (England)."
According to Rose, his caddie, Mark Fulcher, had two TaylorMade SLDR drivers built up for friends that he placed inside Rose's staff bag. When he went to give the drivers away on Wednesday night, he accidentally gave away the 2013 U.S. Open winner's club instead.
Once Rose noticed the error, a call was made and the driver was returned to him on the third hole. Lucky for Rose (and his caddie), he said the club wasn't needed until the middle of his round.
“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.”