Billy Horschel unintentionally breaks putter

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Billy Horschel caught a bad break, literally, on Thursday in the first round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic when the head of his putter broke clean from the shaft after he missed a putt from just off the eighth green.
By T.J. Auclair
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Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Thursday, June 08, 2017 | 1:50 p.m.

We've all been there. You hit a solid putt that you just know is going in.

And then, well... it doesn't go in.

In a sense of "are you kidding me?" shock, you flip your putter in disbelief and then walk to the hole to tap it in.

For Billy Horschel, the putter flip became the issue during the first round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic on Thursday.

When he flipped the putter, the putter head fell off the shaft.


Thankfully for Horschel, that happened on the eighth hole, his 17th of the day.

At the ninth, he putted with a fairway wood and finished with a par for a 2-over 72.

T.J. Auclair is a Senior Interactive Producer for and has covered professional golf since 1998, traveling to over 60 major championships. You can follow him on Twitter, @tjauclair.