“There is never a good time for a player-caddie separation,” Falkoff acknowledged on Thursday before DeChambeau began the first round.
Falkoff said the decision was made Wednesday, adding Cobra-Puma Golf tour operations manager Ben Schomin will be DeChambeau’s caddie this week.
Schomin, who had never been a caddie in a competitive round, said he was asked to fill in late Wednesday night.
The big hitter had 30 putts, ranking 96th in the field in the first round.
“I would blame it on me,” Schomin joked.
DeChambeau, No. 6 in the world ranking, is trying to successfully defend a PGA Tour title for the first time. He had a chance two weeks ago to repeat at the U.S. Open, but went from leading the major with nine holes left to faltering and finishing in a tie for 26th.
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