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Graeme McDowell thanks social media for getting his golf clubs back

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Graeme McDowell’s golf clubs were lost in transit from Paris to Manchester Sunday. Air France’s snafu left McDowell sans sticks as he was slated to tee it up in the Open Championship qualifier, Tuesday.

Ultimately, he withdrew, explaining he wouldn’t be able to cobble a set together from the tour trucks.

“My equipment is kind of old generation stuff,” he told the Belfast Telegraph. “My irons are three years old. My driver is a couple years old. I really don’t play with a lot of up-to-date equipment, so a lot of the stuff would have been very difficult to replace. The irons I use, Srixon won’t carry those on the truck anymore. The wedges I use, Cleveland, they won’t be on the truck anymore. The putter is 15 years old.

Now, McDowell must finish in the top 10 at this week’s Irish Open or next week’s Scottish Open to have a shot at making the Open field.

Fortunately, his weapons have been returned to him, and he credits the roles social media played in the return.

“I spent most of Monday on the phone to customer service at Air France which was frustrating to say the least,” he told the Belfast Telegraph.

“We established that the clubs were in Paris but not when they would get to me. It was basically ‘get in the queue, you’re one of many that have lost a bag and you’ll wait your turn.’

“On Monday night, I still didn’t know where my clubs were. It wasn’t until around 10.3am on Tuesday morning that I talked to somebody sensible at Air France who could tell me they would put the clubs on a flight for me.

“Thankfully the story had a happy ending. They landed at Dublin on Tuesday night at 10 o’clock and a courier company had them in the hotel by 3am this morning.

“It was really the power of social media in the end. If it wasn’t for Twitter and the fact that the story gained a huge amount of momentum to where Air France’s PR department had to call me and sort things out, the clubs would still be in Paris somewhere.”

Beyond just losing McDowell’s bag, can you believe he was told “get in the queue?” Dude didn’t just lose his luggage, he lost the ability to do his job…and from a PR standpoint, why step in it, Air France?

Here’s a bit of advice for any airlines losing a pro’s bag (again, this happens more than it should, and will continue to happen): Make a public apology (social media is great for this!) and a diligent search for the clubs! Good riddance!

 

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  1. Tom54

    Jul 5, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    I agree with Aaron 100%. No back up set? He would have had everyone’s encouragement to give it a go with a replacement set. Who knows maybe he needs an upgrade in his equipment too, just like the rest of us are told every six months or so whenever something new hits the market. If I was a pro and my sponsor didn’t keep what I used around for emergency I’d change equipment company.

  2. clint

    Jul 5, 2018 at 12:12 pm

    So Graeme McDowell got satisfaction because he’s a professional athlete and his clubs are his livelihood, but when the rest of us lose our pants and shaving kits we just have to take our place in the queue? That’s BS.

  3. Dan

    Jul 4, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    Believe it or not this isn’t a tragedy

  4. Jon

    Jul 4, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    Hearing a paid endorser tell the world he plays a bunch of relics doesn’t really make me want to run out and drop big bucks on their “latest and greatest” clubs.

  5. James T

    Jul 4, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    Why does it take social media to shame a company into doing the right thing???

  6. Tiemco

    Jul 4, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    Graeme is obviously not a WRXer, no back-up set? WTF?!?!?!

  7. aaron

    Jul 4, 2018 at 2:17 pm

    This is a pathetic story to me…you’re a professional golfer, put together a set-play a practice round and give it a shot. If you don’t qualify you have an excuse but to withdraw because you don’t have your favorite sticks is lame

    • Aaron

      Jul 4, 2018 at 7:43 pm

      You’re lame for not understanding how difficult it is to play your best with a “loaner” set or a brand new set which doesn’t match your gamers. Even if he could find and buy a set off the rack, the standard specs probably aren’t what he’s used to, so who would bend or cut them down? Srixon/Cleveland’s truck doesn’t go to the qualifiers. Graeme said he can’t give it his 100% without his sticks, it’s that simple.

      • aaron

        Jul 5, 2018 at 11:24 am

        read the story moron he appeared to have access to the tour truck so they most certainly would have had all of his specs….I understand not being at your best but his clubs don’t make him a great golfer maybe he wouldn’t have qualified, maybe without his clubs he’s a 10 handicap I don’t know but why not at least try

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (2.25.20)

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In this segment, we’ll be taking a look at some of the best #GolfWRX tagged photos on Instagram. In case you aren’t already, there’s a whole load of action going on at our page, so follow us: @golfwrx

Let’s get to it then, here are six of the best #GolfWRX photos from the past 24 hours.

Awesome looking Tupac and Biggy themed wedges from The Golf Garage.

Up-close with Patrick Reed’s Scotty Cameron Tour Rat.

A look inside the bag of Tommy Fleetwood.

Our Johnny Newbern with plenty of great shots of The Oaks Course at TPC San Antonio.

Slick looking blade from Embrace Putters.

Any other fans of the low-lofted 3-wood?

Get hashtagging your golf posts #GolfWRX for your chance to feature in our best of Instagram posts in the future!

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Women’s Golf Day offering locations free registration before March 1st

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Women's Golf Day 2020

Women’s Golf Day in 2020 looks set to be a record-breaking year, and for clubs signing up before March 1st, they can now avail of free location registration for the event which takes place on June 2, 2020.

A dedicated day to celebrate the female golf game, in 2019 Women’s Golf Day saw more than 900 events taking place in a whopping 52 countries.

With more locations and people participation planned for the 2020 event, the team behind WGD is offering free location registration with code VIP2020 to anyone signing up before March 1st.

Along with a new website, for 2020 the celebration is set to have an even greater global reach with WGD now taking place in all continents across the world, with different events also being arranged for the run-up to the main event.

Womens Golf Day 2020

Speaking on the 2020 event, Elisa Gaudet, founder of Women’s Golf Day stated

“We are extremely proud of the number of countries around the world who have embraced Women’s Golf Day. Golf is a fabulous sport that brings people of all nations together. Our official birthday will always be the first Tuesday in June, but with our global reach comes a responsibility to cater for everyone.

This means that there will be some events taking place a few days prior in the build-up to our 5th birthday on June 2nd making the countdown even more exciting than in previous years!”

Venues can sign up for free ($79.99 after March 1st ) using the code VIP2020 on the www.womensgolfday.com website.

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The Premier Golf League: Everything you need to know about the proposed new world tour

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The Premier Golf League has been a hot topic of discussion in the world of golf this year, and more information has emerged on the potential new world tour over the past few days.

With those recently released details from the minds behind the new concept and with plenty of reaction being given to the press from Tour players over the past week, here’s a breakdown of all the essential details of the Premier Golf League.

Who is behind the Premier Golf League?

CEO of the Premier Golf League is Andrew Gardiner—an attorney and London-based director at Barclays Capital. Together with Gardiner, Colin Neville, a partner at Raine Group—a New York-based sports, media and entertainment investment firm—is reported to have been highly influential in the PGL’s conception.

What is the concept of the Premier Golf League?

The new Premier Golf League would consist of an 18 event circuit featuring the top 48 players in the world who would be competing for a total prize purse of $240 million. 

The PGL would involve an eight-month season—including 10 U.S. events—which would be played over 54 holes. 

The remaining eight events would be split as follows: four in Asia, three in Europe, and one in Australia.

At each event, there would be a total prize purse of $10 million up for grabs, with the winner of each stroke play event taking home the $2 million winner’s share. The end of season champion would collect a bonus of $10 million.

Would the Premier Golf League consist solely of strokeplay events?

No. Co-existing alongside the individual strokeplay events would be a team event. The team event would consist of 12 four-man teams, with one player from each side being the team owner.

Each team would be competing for a total prize of $40 million with the winner’s share being $14 million.

What other details do we know?

  • Shotgun starts for the first two rounds with each captain deciding before each round which two player’s scores would count towards the team event.
  • No dress code outside of potential team uniforms.
  • A draft system.
  • A transfer window.
  • A relegation and promotion system as seen in soccer.
  • A playoff concept for the final event involving top seeds.
  • No course venues have thus far been discussed.

Could a player compete on the PGA Tour and the PGL?

No. Players would have to choose between one or the other.

Could players compete in the PGL and golf’s four major championships?

Yes. Separate bodies run the four majors and therefore players in the PGL could compete in golf’s four biggest events.

When could the PGL launch?

The PGL would likely kick off in 2022 or 2023.

What has the PGA Tour and European Tour said in regards to the proposed new World Tour?

PGA Tour chief Jay Monahan issued a memo to Tour players last month stating

“If the Team Golf Concept or another iteration of this structure becomes a reality in 2022 or at any time before or after, our members will have to decide whether they want to continue to be a member of the PGA Tour or play on a new series.”

European Tour chief, Keith Pelley, has not spoken publicly on the matter.

What have players said about the PGL?

Tiger Woods confirmed at a press conference at this month’s Genesis Invitational that he had been “personally approached” about his potential involvement in the world super-circuit and that he and his team are currently “looking into it.”

Earlier this year, The Scotsman reported that Phil Mickelson met and played with key PGL members during the Saudi International Pro-Am and told the media that he was “intrigued” by the idea.

“I haven’t had the chance to put it all together and think about what I want to say about it publicly, but I do think it was an informative day for me to have the chance to spend time with them.”

Last week, Justin Rose told the Daily Mail that “It’s (The PGL) increasingly becoming talked about in the locker room,” and that “there are a lot of incentives for the guys to be interested.”

Before the WGC-Mexico, Rory McIlroy dealt the PGL its most significant blow yet, when he told reporters that 

“The more I’ve thought about it, the more I don’t like it. For me, I’m out.”

The Ulsterman also added that he believes opinions in the locker room are currently split on the concept.

Following McIlroy’s comments, Bubba Watson also ruled out any potential involvement in the PGL telling Golf Channel last week 

“It doesn’t matter to me; I’m playing on the PGA Tour. Why go anywhere else, we have the best tour in the world?”

While Xander Schauffele looks to have also sided with the PGA Tour, telling the publication that

“Our commissioner set us straight, you have to pick which tour you want to play on and the benefits we have on the PGA Tour are pretty hard to beat. For me, how young I am and how early it is in my career all the history is made on the PGA Tour and that’s where I want to be.”

 

 

 

 

 

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