U.S. Amateur champion Matthew Fitzpatrick's regular caddie, Lorne Duncan, won't be at Augusta this week after the club refused to allow him to participate in sandals. Duncan suffers from an orthopedic condition that prevents him from wearing Augusta-approved footwear.
I went to speak to the powers that be at Augusta National about alternative foot wear that would allow me to get through the week but my inquires were met with a resounding “No." I spoke to the head person there who is about as bright as a post and about as malleable as one. My feet were so sore after one practice round in runners that I had no alternative but to withdraw my services.
The club tells the BBC that Duncan was simply asked to abide by the rules for all caddies, and that any medical conditions he presented were taken into consideration when the decision was made.
Ricky Elliot, who usually caddies for Brooks Koepka on tour, is handling Fitzpatrick's bag during the 19-year old's run at the green jacket.