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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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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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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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How much each player won at the 2020 RSM Classic

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Robert Streb edged out Kevin Kisner at the RSM Classic, and it’s a win that earned the American a winner’s check for $1,188,000. Kisner’s playoff misery continued, slipping to an 0-5 record, but the 36-year-old’s performance over the weekend means he’ll take home a check for $719,400.

With a total prize purse of $6.6 million up for grabs, here’s a look at how much each player won at the 2020 RSM Classic.

1: Robert Streb, -19, $1,188,000

P-2: Kevin Kisner, -19, $719,400

3: Cameron Tringale, -18, $455,400

T-4: Bernd Wiesberger, -17 $297,000

T-4: Andrew Landry, -17 $297,000

T-6: Harris English, -16, $215,325

T-6: Camilo Villegas, -16, $215,325

T-6: Kyle Stanley, -16, $215,325

T-6: Zach Johnson, -16, $215,325

T-10: Corey Conners, -15 $173,250

T-10: Patton Kizzire, -15 $173,250

T-12: Jason Day -14, $140,2450

T-12: John Huh -14, $140,2450

T-12: Rory Sabbatini -14, $140,2450

T-15: Keegan Bradley, -13, $117,150

T-15: Matthew NeSmith, -13, $117,150

T-15: Bronson Burgoon, -13, $117,150

T-18: Doug Ghim, -12, $87,450

T-18: Alex Noren, -12, $87,450

T-18: Scott Piercy, -12, $87,450

T-18: Chris Kirk, -12, $87,450

T-18: Emiliano Grillo, -12, $87,450

T-23: Wyndham Clark, -11, $55,958.57

T-23: Tyrrell Hatton, -11, $55,958.57

T-23: Lucas Glover, -11, $55,958.57

T-23: Roger Sloan, -11, $55,958.57

T-23: Charley Hoffman, -11, $55,958.57

T-23: Chesson Hadley, -11, $55,958.57

T-23: Henrik Stenson, -11, $55,958.57

T-30: Bo Hoag, -10, $39,552.86

T-30: Russell Henley, -10, $39,552.86

T-30: Adam Long, -10, $39,552.86

T-30: Jim Herman, -10, $39,552.86

T-30: Vaughn Taylor, -10, $39,552.86

T-30: Charles Howell III, -10, $39,552.86

T-30: Branden Grace, -10, $39,552.86

T-37: Nate Lashley, -9, $28,710

T-37: Matt Wallace, -9, $28,710

T-37: Tommy Fleetwood, -9, $28,710

T-37: Brendon Todd, -9, $28,710

T-37: Webb Simpson, -9, $28,710

T-37: Andrew Putnam, -9, $28,710

T-37: Matt Kuchar, -9, $28,710

T-44: Keith Mitchell, -8, $21,450

T-44: Sepp Straka, -8, $21,450

T-44: Matt Jones, -8, $21,450

T-44: Joaquin Niemann, -8, $21,450

T-48: Peter Malnati, -7, $17,952

T-48: Adam Schenk, -7, $17,952

T-50: Joel Dahmen, -6 $16,401

T-50: Ian Poulter, -6 $16,401

T-50: Brian Stuard, -6 $16,401

T-50: Shane Lowry, -6 $16,401

T-54: Kevin Streelman, -5, $15,510

T-54: Rafa Cabrera Bello, -5, $15,510

T-54: Josh Teater, -5, $15,510

T-57: Aaron Baddeley, -4, $15,180

T-57: Sebastian Cappelen, -4, $15,180

T-59: Sean O’Hair, -2, $14,784

T-59: Graeme McDowell, -2, $14,784

T-59: Rob Oppenheim, -2, $14,784

T-59: J.J. Spaun, -2, $14,784

T-63: Ryan Brehm, +1, $14,388

T-63: Scott Stallings, +1, $14,388

65: Kevin Chappell, +3, $14,190

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The 6 best #GolfWRX photos on Instagram today (11.23.20)

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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.

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Euro Tour pro hits monster 439-yard drive – GolfWRXers react

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In our forums, our members have been reacting to Wilco Nienaber’s monster drive on the European Tour this week. The 20-year-old South African is the longest hitter on the Euro Tour, averaging 336.81 yards off the tee, but on Thursday at the Joburg Open at Randpark GC the rookie let loose and hit a 439-yard drive which one announcer called “borderline obscene.”

Check out the drive below.

Here are a few posts from GolfWRXers who have been reacting to the massive hit in our forums.

  • phizzy30: “Just saw the kid’s swing and all I can say is WOW! Effortless power is right. He’s not swinging out of his shoes and has perfect balance. Ball speed is over 190+mph consistently. No wasted moves or energy transfer. I would say that this is as close to the prototype swing you could hope for. Amazing.”
  • valtiel: “Wow, insane power from such a clean motion. I hope he stays healthy and we see a lot more of him.”
  • Hedgehog: “That’s filthy. We have seen huge bombs over the years at Johannesburg due to the elevation (1700m) and extreme heat, but it’s still awesome to see a tour player hit it over 400m.”

Entire Thread: “Euro Tour hits monster 439-yard drive at the Joburg Open”

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