Chesson Hadley forced to use bent putter after caddie tumbles onto the pavement

It's usually illegal to adjust your club in the middle of a round on the PGA Tour, but this unintentional method doesn't count.

Chesson Hadley, North Carolina boy, is playing some of the best golf on the PGA Tour over the past couple months and is going for his second win of the season at Charlotte's Quail Hollow. But he spent much of the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship putting with a bent flatstick, thanks to a tumble his caddie took on the 10th hole.

On the bright side, Hadley started his round at No. 1 and not the 10th, so he only had to use the damaged putter for the second half of the round. We typically see clubs bent or broken when a player gets frustrated, so a caddie wipe-out is a new one for me. The altered club in the middle of a round required a ruling from a PGA Tour official, who permitted this year's Puerto Rico Open winner to continue on, much to the relief of his bagman. Video of the tumble, via PGATour:

It didn't seem to cause much trouble on his first hole post-fall, as Hadley cleaned up a birdie at the 10th. He played the back nine in even-par, and is currently 3-over in a tie for 65th after his opening round.

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