Justin Rose makes caddie switch just before the Ryder Cup

Justin Rose has returned to former long-time caddie Mark 'Fooch' Fulcher just in time for the Ryder Cup.

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Thu, 28 Sep 2023
Justin Rose makes caddie switch just before the Ryder Cup

Justin Rose has returned to his former long-term caddie Mark Fulcher ahead of the Ryder Cup at Marco Simone.

Fulcher left Rose's bag in 2019 as a result of undergoing emergency heart surgery. 

Rose, 43, and Fulcher had previously worked together for the best part of 11 years. 

But despite their four-year break from working alongside one another, Rose took the decision prior to the DP World Tour's flagship event of the season at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth earlier this month to get Fulcher back on the bag. 

Fooch is the nickname of Fulcher, just in case you hear that in the broadcast this week

Rose was previously working alongside his good friend David Clark.

Rory McIlroy's putting coach and eight-time PGA Tour winner Brad Faxon was spotted having a selfie with Fooch during Rose's practice round on Wednesday.

Fulcher was on Rose's bag for a number of the Englishman's biggest career achievements thus far including victory at the US Open at Merion in 2013.

Rose also won an Olympic gold medal at the 2016 Games in Brazil and moved to World No.1 for the first time in his career in September 2018 all alongside his good friend Fulcher. 

The former Bedfordshire boys champion has also been on Rose's bag for all five of his past European Ryder Cup team appearances. 

Rose, who is competing his his sixth team this week, was on victorious sides in 2012, 2014 and 2018.

The 11-time PGA Tour winner received one of Luke Donald's six captain's picks in the 2023 European Ryder Cup team. 

Fulcher has most recently been working for former FedEx Cup champion Billy Horschel.

He also had a stint with former Open champion Francesco Molinari, who is acting as one of Luke Donald's European Ryder Cup vice-captains this week.

Fulcher is well known among the European Ryder Cup team this week, and he is also a good friend of captain Donald. 

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