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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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PGA Tour and European Tour announce landmark ‘strategic alliance’

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The PGA Tour and European Tour have today announced a partnership that will see the two tours working together as part of a “strategic alliance”.

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan will join the Board of the European Tour as the two tours will combine and explore a range of collaboration opportunities including both schedule and commercial wise – including collaborating on global media rights in certain territories.

As part of the agreement, the PGA Tour will acquire a minority investment stake in European Tour Productions company which produces and airs content to a global audience.

Speaking on the new “strategic alliance”, Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the European Tour, said

“This partnership is an historic moment for the game of golf and is a fantastic opportunity for both the European Tour and the PGA TOUR to explore ways to come together at the very pinnacle of our sport and work in unison for the benefit of the men’s professional game.

Today’s announcement is the formalisation of a closer working relationship between the Tours in recent years. It was one which was crystalised earlier this year when both Jay and I were part of the working group containing representatives of the four Majors and the LPGA, a group which helped shape the remainder of the golfing calendar for 2020 during unprecedented times.

We shared the challenges of working through a year neither of us could have ever imagined and we found definite synergies in many areas of our respective Tours. That gave us the impetus to move forward together and arrive at this momentous announcement we are making today.”

The Tours will also work together on global scheduling, prize funds and playing opportunities for the respective memberships, with details to be announced at a later date.

“We are thrilled to announce this further strengthening of our partnership with the European Tour, and we look forward to working together for the benefit of the men’s professional game and for golf fans around the world.” – Jay Monahan

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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

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Diego Maradona and his love for golf; golf world pays tribute to sporting icon

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The sporting world is mourning the loss of a great, with the passing of Diego Maradona on Wednesday. The Argentine, who led his country to glory at the 1986 World Cup,  is widely considered to be the greatest footballer/soccer player of all time but golf was a sport that was also very close to his heart.

Maradona took the sport up at the age of 40 when in Cuba and reportedly became so fanatic over the game that he would regularly play two 18 hole rounds a day.

Speaking to Golfing World a decade ago, Diego explained how he got bitten by the golf bug, and it’s something we all can relate to:

“I only started playing when I was 40, and even though I think I maybe took up golf a bit too late, ever since I started, I’ve been bitten by the bug. I haven’t been able to think of spending a single day without playing golf.”

In the same interview, Maradona, who worked his way down to a 16 handicap, also revealed the similarities between his sport and golf, comparing the movement of the swing to a free-kick in football, and also poked fun at how it’s viewed as a relaxing past time for some.

“There’s a certain similarity between football and golf; it’s in the movements. In the way you position your body for a free-kick as well as a golf swing.

Some people say golf is relaxing, but I don’t think you can relax too much. But it is great fun.”

According to Gerardo Lorenzo, a chauffeur for the British Embassy who played with Maradona while in Cuba: “He became a golf fanatic and even played at night with phosphorescent balls.”

Here is how some tour pro golfers have been paying tribute to Maradona via social media:

“Thanks to the greatest. Diego Armando, we are going to miss you!”

 

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