Henrik Stenson smashed his driver into two pieces on Monday in the final round of the BMW Championship. That was on purpose.
On Friday, just before the second round of the Tour Championship, Stenson again busted a wood, but unintentionally.
Stenson cracked the face of his 5-wood — a club he frequently uses — before his final pairing at East Lake in Atlanta. He showed the broken face to Steve Stricker, who confirmed what Stenson already knew.
Because the club face is cracked, the club is considered nonconforming under Rule 4-1a, meaning that it cannot be played anymore. Stenson will need to replace that club in his bag ahead of the second round and will likely have a replacement overnighted to him.
Charles Howell III was disqualified from the Wyndham Championship last month for using a damaged driver that, too, happened while on the practice range. A small toe cap came off his driver, creating a hole into the club that is not allowed under equipment rules.
Howell III finished just outside of the top 30 in FedEx Cup points, missing out on an opportunity to play in the Tour Championship and, like all who qualify for the playoff finale, entry into the first three majors of the year.