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This pro has the worst “airline lost my golf bag” story yet

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Horror stories of airlines losing or damaging golf pros’ clubs are legion. But this one is particularly bad in the “dreams shattered” department.

Michael Buttacavoli plays on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica was on his way to U.S. Open sectional qualifying at Jupiter Hills Club in Tequesta, Florida.

Wrapping up the Latinoamerica Tour event in Quito, Ecuador, Buttacavoli hopped an overnight flight to Miami in an effort to make his 7:26 a.m. tee time.

“I was met with supportive parents with food in the car and stuff I needed. My brother was going to caddie for me. I figured I’d get there, have a 30-40 minute warmup, and go,” Buttacavoli told Golf Digest. “My bag just never came.”

The Rice University alum made a frantic search for his bag at the carousel, but it simply wasn’t there. And the airline, predictably, had no idea where it was. He considered playing with a rental set, but instead elected to try tracking down his weapons…to no avail.

Ultimately, Buttacavoli missed his chance to earn a spot at Erin Hills. But he did, however, get to have this maddening back-and-forth with American Airlines. Facepalm.

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  1. Christopher Wang

    Jun 12, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    Bad situation, worse attitude – I would have tried with a set of US Kids clubs.

  2. ED

    Jun 8, 2017 at 3:33 pm

    its the US Open…..first off why you cutting it so close….and secondly Jupiter Hills could have easily provided you with clubs that would almost certainly match pretty close to what you play……..

  3. Edge of lean

    Jun 7, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Worked in the YVR airport one summer in between college semesters. There are a few horrible employees who somehow know how to make bags “disappear.” Airlines need to monitor their employees more and clean up their security clearances. There’s no excuse for airlines anymore. This many bags are on the manifest, so how many are on the corresponding airplane. It’s simple math sometimes. Other times, some people are a$$holes. Some here say don’t go public with your complaints. That’s a great idea. Let’s just condone theft and stupidity instead by our silence.

  4. Mat

    Jun 7, 2017 at 2:30 am

    Should have played the rentals.

  5. Matt

    Jun 6, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    I’m not now nor have I ever been in the airline industry but I have met enough people to know they make mistakes. It is very unfortunate for this guy and he was pretty calm about it but not sure if he failed to make a cut he’d never happy with a fan saying, “c’mon on man do your job” as he was walking off the 18th green

  6. xjohnx

    Jun 6, 2017 at 8:56 am

    This is worst case scenario for any golfer, let alone someone headed to a US Open Qualifier. But why do people need to cry and crap all over these businesses on social media. Accidents happen and too many people seem to feel entitled and exempt from accidents. There is no fixing the fact that you had to withdraw but, give them a damn chance to make it right. Personally I think this is embarrassing for anyone considered a “professional”.

  7. Adam Crawford

    Jun 5, 2017 at 4:03 pm

    I totally would have played with a rental set as opposed to withdrawing. How cool of a story would that have been? “Player qualifies for U.S. Open at Erin Hills with rental set in qualifiers!”

  8. Shameless

    Jun 5, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Where’s the inevitable shipsticks.com plug at the end of this article??? What a bummer, though. Make it to sectionals and get beat down by the universe. Maybe next year the golf gods will be looking out for you.

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WATCH: PGA Tour players play hole blindfolded and it’s hilarious/amazing

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As part of a Srixon campaign, four PGA Tour players recently participated in a three-hole challenge, with each hole being a different game; hole No. 1 was blindfolded, hole No. 2 was costumes and distractions, and hole No. 3 was alternate shot with a baseball bat. The teams were Smylie Kaufman and Sam Ryder against Shane Lowry and Grayson Murray.

Watch the full video below, since it is quite entertaining (albeit not the type of golf that Old Tom Morris surely had in mind), but in particular, make sure to check out the first hole where Lowry and Ryder play a full hole completely blind folded. It’s amazing to watch how badly Ryder struggles, and how Lowry nearly makes par.

Cleveland-Srixon’s marketing department has been hard at work crafting these viral-esque ad campaigns; if you remember, former long-drive champion Jamie Sadlowski recently dressed as 80-year-old Grandpa Jamie to fool range-goers. That video has since gathered over 1.2 million views on YouTube.

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Think you had a bad weekend on the course? At least you didn’t do this

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We hope this golfer didn’t take the ultra-premium golf equipment plunge before sending his clubs to a watery grave. Either way, this was an expensive (and strangely calm) reaction to a bad round.

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Tiger Woods battles terrifying deep-sea creature, wins

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With four tweets since July 21st, Tiger Woods is exposing himself on social media in a way we haven’t seen.

And with his latest tweet, he’s…exposing himself in a way we haven’t seen.

A shirtless-and-swimsuited Woods appears holding what he purports to be a lobster (but what looks more like a monster of the deep sea).

Nothing like it, indeed.

He’s lucky to have escaped with his life after battling that horrifying crustacean. Spiny lobsters, apparently, don’t have claws, but somehow that doesn’t make them any less terrifying, as they look poised to impale you and carry you off to their reefy lairs.

Not sure how big the beast in Woods grasp actually is, but it pales in comparison to this 14-pound creature from your nightmares.

14_pound_lobster_caught_near_Bermuda_0_48217534_ver1.0_640_480Anyway, Woods has been on something of a grand tour of late it seems, taking in a friendly version of El Clasico in Miami and posing with Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez.

All of this is good to see. It was two months ago that Woods entered rehab following his now-infamous Memorial Day arrest for impaired driving.

What this portends for his future on the golf course is unclear, but you’d assume the 14-time major champion is feeling pretty good if he’s free diving after monsters of the deep.

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