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#1 pga43

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 02:17 PM

The airlines managed to drag Lee Janzen's golf bag behind the luggage tram and destroyed his whole set.  The 60* wedge ended up at 22* loft and 30* lie. We caught these photos today on the range oof the Justin Timerlake Shiners Open.

Here is an article from Brian at PGATour.com. He asked to use the images.

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By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

A lost or delayed bag is one thing. Golf clubs that come off the luggage carousel looking like this is another. When Lee Janzen touched down at McCarran Airport in Las Vegas on  Saturday, he was stunned to find that his clubs were, for all intents  and purposes, destroyed. His lob wedge, for example, was bent 40  degrees, while other clubs looked like they'd been put through some sort  of metal grinder.

"I opened my airline bag and it smelled like something was burning,"  Janzen said via cell phone. "When it came out on the belt I could see  there was a hole in the bag and some foam sticking out. I thought, 'Oh  my gosh what happened to my bag?'"

Janzen, who flew Delta out of Orlando over the weekend to Monday  qualify for this week's Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for  Children Open, said in all his years of travel he's never seen anything  like what happened. He also said he thinks it occurred on the ground in  Las Vegas and not in Orlando or with the Delta crew.

Janzen added that something similar happened to PGA TOUR rookie Ben  Martin in Las Vegas earlier this season when all 14 of his clubs were  "decapitated."

"To do that to somebody's baggage and to throw them on the carousel  like nothing happened," Janzen continued. "I would want my people to  walk them out and start the process."

When Janzen, who still isn't certain how the clubs got destroyed  other than to speculate that they were jammed into something and  dragged, did approach the airline with the damaged clubs an agent at the  counter suggested that he could rent a set of clubs in the meantime. Naturally he didn't need to, and that's where a (somewhat) happy  ending to the story comes in: Callaway had an exact replica in Janzen's  hands by Sunday afternoon and he qualified for the tournament with a 66  on Monday. Said Janzen, "Hopefully it's just the beginning of the story."




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Posted 26 September 2011 - 02:18 PM

that is terrible!!!

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 02:20 PM

Holy crap! And waaaaaaaay too much offset there.  Very yucky of the airline indeed!
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Posted 26 September 2011 - 02:22 PM

Wow, that's just terrible on the airlines' part. I'm curious though if Janzen keeps his travel clubs in a hardcase or not, because that's a lot of damage for something that you'd think would be in a case.

Side note.. I wonder what kinda yardage you get with a now 22 degree 60 degree wedge.

Edited by Mward2002, 26 September 2011 - 02:23 PM.


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Posted 26 September 2011 - 02:24 PM

That custom solegrind looks awesome.

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 02:26 PM

View Postmkay, on 26 September 2011 - 02:24 PM, said:

That custom solegrind looks awesome.

The back of that PW actually looks pretty cool! I also wonder more about this....no way they got that damaged in a hard case......

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 02:27 PM

Oh, take it away!!!!  Nooooooooo!!!!!!

<----Even Paula can't stand to look at them!  LOL

Edited by tbowles411, 26 September 2011 - 02:27 PM.


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Posted 26 September 2011 - 02:28 PM

View PostMward2002, on 26 September 2011 - 02:22 PM, said:

Wow, that's just terrible on the airlines' part. I'm curious though if Janzen keeps his travel clubs in a hardcase or not, because that's a lot of damage for something that you'd think would be in a case.

Side note.. I wonder what kinda yardage you get with a now 22 degree 60 degree wedge.

Most every player uses a Club Glove with a stiff arm but his bag was dragged and run over.  I didn't see the golf bag but was told it actually caught on fire.


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Posted 26 September 2011 - 02:28 PM

Looks like for good measure, they also set his clubs on fire.

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 02:29 PM

I wonder how much he is going to file the claim for?   :rolleyes:


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Posted 26 September 2011 - 02:30 PM

I think James Patrick did a set of X-proto's like that...

And I'd love to know what airline!!!!!

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 02:30 PM

Only good thing is that he can have a full new set built and delivered at his beck and call.

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 02:30 PM

impressive that no one noticed :coolpics:

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 02:30 PM

And THAT'S why I don't fly with my clubs...
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Posted 26 September 2011 - 02:35 PM

Wow!!!! thats nuts! at least he can get some new stix built in an hour

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 02:41 PM

He should have shipped them via FedEx.

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 02:45 PM

Good Lord, that is ridiculous. Setting the bag on fire? That's crazy.

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 02:47 PM

Looks like he should have used FedEx to ship his clubs to the next tournament. Doesn't he watch TV commercials during PGA events?

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 02:49 PM

Callaway hate crime.
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Posted 26 September 2011 - 02:50 PM

Name the airline!!!!!!!!!  Good thing he gets them for free.....


this would never happen if he flew private


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Posted 26 September 2011 - 02:50 PM

View Postpga43, on 26 September 2011 - 02:28 PM, said:

View PostMward2002, on 26 September 2011 - 02:22 PM, said:

Wow, that's just terrible on the airlines' part. I'm curious though if Janzen keeps his travel clubs in a hardcase or not, because that's a lot of damage for something that you'd think would be in a case.

Side note.. I wonder what kinda yardage you get with a now 22 degree 60 degree wedge.

Most every player uses a Club Glove with a stiff arm but his bag was dragged and run over.  I didn't see the golf bag but was told it actually caught on fire.


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That's what I thought about the hardcase. That's insane to see that much damage. I can't believe the thing caught fire either. I'm not sure if that's awesome or terrible (I'm in the that's freakin awesome camp minus the fact Lee's out a set of clubs)

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 02:51 PM

wow...

Can use it as a 4 iron

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 02:54 PM

Yikes.  I bet the only reason they didn't get "lost" was because of the fire.

What LW does he play?  Anything that can be bent 40* is pretty soft!

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 02:58 PM

I hate shipping clubs anywhere. Flying would be worse...

I like the fact that somebody actually measured the loft/lie of that 60 tho :tongue: . Must be double grain flow forged to get it to 22*

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 03:00 PM

View Postpingmatt, on 26 September 2011 - 02:41 PM, said:

He should have shipped them via FedEx.

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 03:00 PM

View Postmkay, on 26 September 2011 - 02:24 PM, said:

That custom solegrind looks awesome.


Thats funny!  How did they do that to that wedge? Looks like they drug  it behind the plane not the luggage tram. Its steel. I wonder what the bag looked like?

I have had my cubs lost multiple times and even had the stiff arm and driver broke.  The stiff arm is frikin tuff too. Fed-ex is my new way of traveling with my clubs and has been for a few yrs.  If you do put them on a plane insure them . Its $20 bucks and its worth every penny for $2000 in insurance I believe. They paid for my clubs in the long run.

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 03:01 PM

That's disgusting - saw the post via WRX's tweet. Can't believe that they would do that - that is his job, as much as an airline demolishing a web designer's laptop. Posted Image
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Posted 26 September 2011 - 03:11 PM

View PostJPNC1977, on 26 September 2011 - 02:28 PM, said:

Looks like for good measure, they also set his clubs on fire.
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Posted 26 September 2011 - 03:15 PM

This sorta reminds me of Mike Weir's 7-iron.

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 03:16 PM

View Postpdaero, on 26 September 2011 - 03:01 PM, said:

That's disgusting - saw the post via WRX's tweet. Can't believe that they would do that - that is his job, as much as an airline demolishing a web designer's laptop. Posted Image


Well...If a web designer can get Apple to immediately fed ex him a brand new not available to the public laptop that he can have that afternoon with all his pertinent information on it. ;)

Littlepingman...I read you're post and was like teehee a dig at weir...he deserves it! But a quick google search later and MY GOD!!!! You werent kidding.....

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