Taking a drop: The struggle is real

Ian FInnis
Ian Finnis, caddie for Tommy Fleetwood, had a funny moment that could have happened to anyone during a drop over the weekend. Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The PGA Tour continued its stint overseas this week at the WGC-HSBC Champions at Sheshan Golf Club in Shanghai, China. Featuring some of the most difficult tee shots of the season, many players found themselves in hazards throughout the week, prompting them to brush up on their drop-taking abilities.

This is when a caddie can be of utmost importance, especially when taking a drop on a steep incline or hill. Nothing is more embarrassing for a player/caddie team than dropping a ball back into the hazard, you know, because of all the cameras.

Frequent Week in Caddies spotlight Mark Fulcher — bagman for Justin Rose — was captured showcasing laser focus as Rose prepared to take his drop over a fence and on the cusp of disaster.


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There’s no doubt that Fooch kept his eye on the ball in that scenario, but the same could not be said for all caddies this week. For instance, Tommy Fleetwood’s caddie, Ian Finnis, found himself on the wrong side of that spectrum — and in the camera lens of the PGA Tour’s Instagram account — while Fleetwood took a similar dangerous drop.


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The best part of that video? Fleetwood pointing to exactly where he was dropping and then doubling-over with laughter as he walked back to his bag to grab another sleeve of balls.

It happens to the best of them!

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