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Justin Rose will be without his regular caddie Mark Fulcher when he gets his first competitive round of 2019 underway later today at the Desert Classic.

Fulcher, who has been on the world No.1’s bag for more than a decade after teaming up with him at the 2008 Players Championship, confirmed on Twitter that he will miss the first few weeks of the year to undergo a heart operation.

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The procedure, reportedly to replace a heart valve, is expected to take place tomorrow.

Until such times as the man affectionately nicknamed ‘Fooch’ is able to return, Rose will have Gareth Lord caddying for him.

Lord, as you may recall, enjoyed a long and successful spell with Rose’s Ryder Cup teammate Henrik Stenson before the two called time on their partnership late last year.


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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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