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Tommy Fleetwood has his right-hand man back!

The Englishman’s long-term caddie and good friend Ian Finnis will return to action at the Scottish Open after three months out.

Fleetwood’s Masters preparation took an unexpected turn in April when he revealed Finnis would not be making the trip to Georgia for the opening men’s major of the season.

“At the moment he’s at home trying to recover and get the right treatment,” he explained. “Hopefully he’ll be back out sooner rather than later.”

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Fleetwood hired Gray Moore, the former Caddie Master at Augusta that week and has since had a number of people assist him at tournaments – including Adrian Rietveld, who works for Fleetwood’s equipment supplier TaylorMade, and veteran David Clark.

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Ian Finnis is back on Tommy Fleetwood’s bag at this week’s Genesis Scottish Open. (Credit: Getty Images)

Later that month, Fino, as the bagman is known, revealed the reason for his absence.

In an Instagram post, he wrote: “Open heart surgery done! Massive thanks to all the NHS staff. The road to recovery has started.”

He added: “Thanks for all the love.”

Finnis later told the Telegraph that “they are not exactly sure what happened”.

He added: “Bacteria got into a hole in my heart that I’d lived with previously with no problems and then ate away both valves.

“They opened me up and the amazing surgeon, Mr Generali, fitted a metal valve and by some miracle he fixed the other valve, saving me from getting a tissue one which would have had to be replaced every seven years or so.”

Now fully recovered, Finnis has returned to action to help Fleetwood prepare for this week’s Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club.

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