There was an apparent equipment saboteur at last week’s French Open on the European Tour. Someone — or several people — with access to player equipment changed driver and other adjustable equipment settings for a number of players competing at Le Golf National in Paris.
One of the victims was Bernd Wiesberger, the 29th-ranked player in the world, who posted to Facebook about what happened to his equipment.
Wiesberger ultimately didn’t blame the equipment altering on his T-27 finish.
Scottish pro Duncan Stewart also feels his driver settings were changed, realizing he was a likely victim after the Austrian spoke out. Speaking to Bunkered in the U.K., Stewart said he went to his Callaway rep to look at his driver after he realized it wasn’t flying right.
In a lot of pro golf events, equipment is kept in a storage room and access is limited to players, caddies and locker room staff. The same was true at the French Open.
It’s unclear how many players may have been the victims of an equipment setting change unbeknownst to them, and it’s not certain the European Tour can do much right now but keep an eye out this week in Northern Ireland for the DDF Irish Open.