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Lexi Thompson leaves passport in her bag leading to delay at Women’s British Open for almost 40 players

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Almost forty players missed out on a practice round on Monday at this week’s Women’s British Open, after an unintentional error from Lexi Thompson.

According to Golf Channel, Ian Wright, who caddied for Seve Ballesteros during his career, was driving the van carrying 38 bags from last week’s Evian Championship in France to Woburn Golf Club outside London for this week’s major championship.

However, during this journey, Wright received a call and was told that Thompson had left her passport in her bag, which was in his van. Needing to fly out of Geneva, the former-caddie was instructed to pull over and wait while her caddie, Benji Thompson, grabbed a taxi to retrieve the passport.

The hold-up resulted in lengthy delays for both Wright and Thompson, as well as a frustrating wait for almost 40 players who were unable to play a practice round on Monday.

For Wright, the three-hour delay caused him to miss his ferry, and he then found himself stuck in rush hour traffic, while a British Airway’s strike led Thompson to fail to get to the course on Monday as she had planned.

An “exhausted” Wright was finally relieved when the ordeal came to an end, while Thompson’s agent, Bobby Kreusler. stated on the incident that

“Forgetting her passport, that was an honest mistake. And she had no idea retrieving it would cause the delay it did, or that it would impact other players the way it did. She would never have wanted that.”

Not everyone who suffered due to the mix-up was in a forgiving mood, however, with Ryann O’Toole criticizing the driver for accommodating Thompson and disrupting a third of the field’s preparation for this week.

“I don’t know why the driver would agree to accommodate one person knowing it would punish about a third of the field. The driver should have said, ‘Hey, I’ve got to get these clubs to Woburn. If you want the passport, somebody’s going to have to fly there to get it and bring it back.’”

 

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13 Comments

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  1. Freds Funk

    Aug 1, 2019 at 1:20 am

    Its Lexi’s world, we’re all just borrowing her air. Maybe she should recharge her mental batteries, again.

  2. Hybrid

    Jul 31, 2019 at 9:23 am

    It’s a very stupid idea to haul all of those bags together. Accidents, theft, etc can affect all of the golfers, too. I see why they decided to send all of those bags in one truck, but there have been better ideas. I suspect that golfers will, in the future haul there own stuff.

  3. Speedy

    Jul 30, 2019 at 4:24 pm

    What a crisis. Shank.

  4. Geoffrey Holland

    Jul 30, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    I believe that Lexi should consider withdrawing from this tournament. I mean she cost 37 other players a practice round.
    That van should never have been stopped someone could have easily retrieved her passport when it got there and had it sent on to her she was the only one who deserved to miss her practice-round which she did anyways.
    Causing 37 other players to miss a day of practice I just think that is such a catastrophic mistake on her part that she should just pull out of the tournament.

    • Distance Compression Dude

      Jul 31, 2019 at 9:53 am

      Cool your shorts, princess. An honest mistake does not warrant a withdrawal.

    • bulls9999

      Jul 31, 2019 at 11:49 am

      I see the driver made the dumb decision to wait for someone to arrive (2 hrs) and then it took 1+ hr to find the bag? Did they not make an attempt to pull the bags, find Lexi’s and pull the passport, maybe leave it at a local office in town (police station)? and then continue on their way. Seems like some people don’t know how to proceed in a crisis situation.

  5. Bob

    Jul 30, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    Her first international flight. Maybe the babysitter was asleep. Nothing is ever her fault. The definition of entitlement.

  6. A. Commoner

    Jul 30, 2019 at 2:00 pm

    Dumb is as dumb does.

  7. rjvanro

    Jul 30, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    He should have driven to London. Lexi could have sent a plane/helicopter to pick up the passport … she has the cash. How amazingly selfish. She should withdraw as part of her apology. How has she not yet grown up? my goodness …. says she can’t deal with criticism and had a near breakdown … yet still a social media addict. Sad.

  8. tony

    Jul 30, 2019 at 12:56 pm

    the whole doings is a joke in the first place, get a real job people

  9. MhtLion

    Jul 30, 2019 at 11:50 am

    Easier to say now than being in those shoes. Anyway, if the driver had left Lexi’s bag or the passport at a certain place – a gas station or some store – and paid a little money to safeguard it until Lexi’s staff could retrieve it. That would been a very wise action.

  10. James

    Jul 30, 2019 at 10:58 am

    What’s wrong with getting to the destination first, then bringing the passport back to Lexi so only she has to suffer her own negligence? Unbelievable.

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Why Justin Thomas ‘doesn’t really like’ that rangefinders will be used at PGA Championship

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For the first time, the PGA Championship will allow players to use rangefinders during tournament play this year, but it’s not a prospect Justin Thomas is excited about.

Speaking ahead of this week’s Wells Fargo, Thomas revealed that he’s unlikely to use one, stating that he doesn’t “really like them” and believes that the technology takes away the importance of caddies.

“I think it takes away an advantage of having a good caddie that maybe goes out there and does the work beforehand as opposed to someone, especially now between the yardage books, the greens books and range finders, you technically don’t even really need to see the place or play a practice round. You can go out there and know exactly what the green does, you know exactly what certain things are on certain angles because you can just shoot it with the range finder.”

PGA of America president Jim Richerson stated earlier this year that he expects the use of rangefinders to improve the pace of play at the event. However, JT doesn’t see that being the case at Kiawah Island later this month.

“I certainly don’t think it’s going to speed pace of play up at all unless you have a scenario where you do hit it on another hole or some kind of crazy angle where it would take you a long time to get a yardage. At the end of the day, Kiawah Island isn’t some kind of course where the greens are going to be really soft and you just see pin, hit pin. It’s going to be, okay, I have 193 hole, we have 174 front, I need to probably land this probably 180 to 182, a little wind off this way.”

The PGA Championship begins on May 20 from Kiawah Island.

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Rickie Fowler shares his thoughts on ‘interesting’ Super Golf League

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While Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas have ruled themselves out of joining a Saudi backed Super Golf League, others have had their interest piqued and are waiting to hear more details on the proposals.

Phil Mickelson has said that he is intrigued by the idea, and now Rickie Fowler has revealed his interest in the potential breakaway Super Golf League.

“It’s definitely interesting. I think there’s a lot that needs to happen for it to even move forward of any sort, and at the same time I think competition can be a good thing. 

I do think that the PGA Tour is the premier place to be playing against the best players in the world. Could it get better? I’m sure this wouldn’t be coming up if someone didn’t think that there were ways that certain things could be better.”

Though PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has threatened that any players committing to a breakaway tour could face expulsion from the PGA Tour, it hasn’t stopped players voicing their interest in the SGL. For Rickie, he’s happy to wait and see what develops.

“For a super golfer league of some sort to move forward, it would definitely need at least a handful of guys to be going that direction, or committed or whatever it may be. I don’t know of anything like that right now.

I can’t say that I’m in, out or whatever. I still think the Tour is the best place to be. We’ll see what happens, but I’m happy where we are.”

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Patrick Reed recounts meeting wife Justine after being ghosted by her sister

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Patrick Reed and his wife Justine are one of the more prominent couples on the PGA Tour, with his wife previously caddying for her man on the tour.

But the story of how the two met may surprise you, with Reed recounting the interesting story in a recent Q&A with Golf Digest.

It all began with a date with Justine’s sister, which ended abruptly after Patrick found himself quickly ghosted (a personal relationship ended without communication or explanation).

“I was a freshman at the University of Georgia, and her younger sister, Kris, was at LSU. Kris came to visit, and we went on one date, and I texted her to confirm she’d made it back home safe. No response.

So I reached out to Justine on Facebook, who confirmed her sister was back and got frank with me about why it was probably not going to work out. So I start talking with Justine, who I discovered is this incredibly driven person who was pursuing dual degrees while working to become a nurse.

We kept talking as a couple of years went by; then we started dating. Best decision of my life.”

 

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All is well that ends well for Patrick and Justine, with the two being married since 2012.

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