In the final round of the 2001 British Open, a leading contender’s caddie found a 15th club in the bag costing the player a 2 shot penalty. Who was the golfer?

Category: The Majors
Ian woosnam 2001 british open 15 clubs in the bag


He was coming off a win at the 2001 Masters.


It was Ian Woosnam.

More interesting reading and links of interest

  • After birding the first from tap in distance - and no doubt feeling pumped – his caddie gave him the bad news on the 2nd tee. It was not well received.
  • The mistake was made after Woosnam had warmed up with two different drivers prior to teeing off and his caddie forgot to remove the unwanted club.
  • Woosnam finished the tournament T-3, 4 shots behind the winner, David Duval.
  • This is an ESPN article at the time of the incident.
  • And an article where Woosnam reflects 11 years on.
  • You can watch Woosnam’s reaction to the news from his caddie in this video clip showing highlights of the 2001 British Open. The 1:05 mark shows his brilliant tee shot on the1st hole for a tap in birdie before the news of the extra driver.