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‘Get your s–t together!’ – Viktor Hovland fumes at airline over missing clubs…and it gets worse



Viktor Hovland’s trip to Hawaii to play in the Sentry Tournament of Champions this week got off to a rocky start.

The Norwegian’s clubs were stuck in Seattle while he was in Maui, and it’s safe to say he was not best pleased with Delta for the inconvenience – letting his feelings known on his Instagram story (pictured below in a tweet from @golfbettingclub).

As of Tuesday morning, Hovland’s clubs were yet to arrive to his hotel. He has been playing great golf the past few months and should be an excellent fit to contend at Kapalua this week. While he has bounced back from equipment issues in the recent past and won at Mayakoba despite having his driver break on the range prior to the event, it certainly isn’t an ideal way to start the week.

Update: It appears Hovland’s clubs arrived early Wednesday morning…

…but unfortunately for Hovland, it seems that his driver has broken in the shipping process:

Where’s Danny Lee when you need him?

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  2. Paul Runyan

    Jan 5, 2022 at 5:14 pm

    Delta. ..


  3. Bee El Emm

    Jan 5, 2022 at 4:52 pm

    This is what happens when astronauts and vote counters handle luggage…………

  4. Livininparadise

    Jan 5, 2022 at 3:20 pm

    Although a hard case would be great, I have had no issues with a nicely padded club daddy soft case. Take the driver head off, use the bag boy back bone, add bubble wrap, and them since the clubs together as tight as possible around the back bone. No issuez

    • Brian

      Jan 5, 2022 at 9:07 pm

      Completely agree! Can’t believe a tour player wouldn’t ensure his stiicks with more “insurances”. Yet VH coukd win with a rental set! Love this guys game !

  5. Matt

    Jan 5, 2022 at 2:59 pm

    All you had to say was Delta, worst airline in history

  6. Mike B

    Jan 5, 2022 at 1:11 pm

    Those are some beatdown looking head covers on his fairway woods.

  7. Jeff Reed

    Jan 5, 2022 at 1:02 pm

    Ship Sticks next time. Hahahaha

  8. Jorge Milian

    Jan 5, 2022 at 12:16 pm

    With FedEx as a title sponsor, wouldn’t they be the ones to transport the clubs?
    Nowhere to go but up on this one.

  9. Jerome

    Jan 5, 2022 at 11:58 am

    For all you pros out there that trust airlines, you get what you pay for. And please, invest in a hard case.

  10. benseattle

    Jan 5, 2022 at 11:23 am

    Let me get this straight: a professional golfer places his tour bag inside an unsupported CANVAS COVER and DOESN’T expect his clubs to get knocked around and probably broken? Even a hack like me travels with his clubs in an indestructible hard-shell case.

    Or….. bucks-up Tour Pro could finally decide to fly Private.

  11. Bjorn

    Jan 5, 2022 at 10:59 am

    Seattle’s had some pretty severe snow and I’ve heard that airlines have cut multiple flights. Easy to imagine what happened.

  12. Eastpointe

    Jan 5, 2022 at 10:54 am

    all the pros I’ve ever seen have used hard cases. Good thing he gets his clubs for free

  13. PanchoBuddy

    Jan 5, 2022 at 9:26 am

    Travel 101….remove the heads from you shafts!!!!!

    • J

      Jan 5, 2022 at 12:43 pm

      This. Absolutely.

    • Brian

      Jan 5, 2022 at 1:13 pm

      What pro, who flies everywhere with his clubs, doesn’t have a hard case?

    • Mike

      Jan 5, 2022 at 3:31 pm

      AMEN – this is what everyone should do every time. Put the heads in the headcovers and flip the shafts over. That is what I have been doing for 20+ years with zero problems.

  14. John Coctostan

    Jan 5, 2022 at 9:08 am

    I have been in this situation before unfortunately… but… why in the hell is a pro golfer flying with his woods connected?!?! Take the heads OFF for this reason!! and then get a tube for the shafts that you can put into your travel bag… Or, buy a hard case… I understand why these guys don’t use hard cases because they’re the ones that will be carting this crap around but this was a very avoidable situation… Hope he wasn’t in love with that shaft

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Korn Ferry Tour pro leaves clubs on airport carousel in incredible chase to make tee time



It’s your job, so I guess you have to do it.

Most golf fans will be used to the tales of the struggles of the end of year Q-school and the plight of mini-tour players, even maybe the list of reserves for each tournament.

But the 18th alternate!?

Korn Ferry Tour player James Nicholas had something of an interesting journey on Wednesday, when late at night he received a call letting him know he was now the first alternate for the AdventHealth Championship starting less than 24 hours later.

When receiving the call, the Yale graduate was sitting in Westchester County, New York, some 1000 miles away from the tournament location in Kansas City, Missouri. Starting the event as a reserve was a possibility, but first he needed to get there on time.

In what was an almost impossible chase, Nicholas got the first flight he could but found his plane delayed by 90 minutes – this was becoming an  increasingly impossible journey.

“Why would I go when I know it will take a miracle for me to get in?” Nicholas shared on Instagram. “Because it’s my job, and I’ll do anything for just a chance.”

Miracles happen and from 18th alternate on May 13th to first on May 18th, at 9:52am on May 19th Nicholas was now informed he was in the tournament!

Having finally landed in the Midwest, the 25-year-old found he had no time to wait for his luggage at the baggage carousel and had to rush to the Blue Hills Country Club without clubs, shoes or glove!

Fortunately the head club pro lent Nicholas all the equipment he needed, allowing him to compete and finish the round in four-over par 76 – some way behind the leaders.

If fortune follows the brave, then he will make the cut later today.

If not, nobody can blame a trier!

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Multiple PGA champ says ‘Phil was not missed’ at Champions Dinner



The PGA Championship’s past champions’ dinner on Tuesday was a bit different than usual. Phil Mickelson, the tournament’s defending champion was nowhere to be found.

At a typical PGA Championship, Mickelson would have hosted the past champions’ dinner. The duties would include picking the menu and giving gifts to those in attendance. This year, those duties fell to the PGA of America due to Phil’s absence.

According to former champion Dave Stockton, Mickelson was “not missed”.

“It was a fun evening. Phil was not missed,” said Dave Stockton, who won the 1970 and ’76 PGA Championships. “I think Phil would have been a big distraction. The story here this week is the PGA.”

Stockton is partly responsible for having the champions’ dinner at the PGA Championship include only past winners, which is something that started last year at Kiawah Island.

“At Kiawah last year we had I think six or seven people in the room besides just players, and like we did last night, we sat around and they can’t separate us out because there’s so many players, former champions, that it was unbelievable,” Stockton said. “We ended the night, and everybody stayed. I think it blew the PGA officers away.”

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Major champ calls for audio release of bombshell Mickelson interview



On Wednesday, GolfWRX reported on an excerpt of 2002 PGA Champion Rich Beem’s interview with Golf Magic and Boylesports Latest Golf Betting, in which he doesn’t hold back his view on Alan Shipnuck, author of the recently published biography of Phil Mickelson.

Put simply, Beem said, “I don’t trust Alan. It’s nothing personal, I just don’t trust what he writes,” and the theme has continued today with more details of the interview that he had with the bookmaker’s blog.

Whilst accepting the subject of the book, Phil Mickelson, has made errors and will need to ask for a deal of forgiveness to be allowed back on the PGA Tour, Beem has doubts about the context of the controversial comments that have turned the golf world upside down over the last couple of months.

Mickelson has become a (self?) exiled player since calling LIV Golf’s Saudi backers “scary…to deal with” and advising that they were a way of leveraging with the PGA Tour and their “obnoxious greed.”

Having been unhappy with the way Shipnuck handled the coverage of his rookie year in his 2003 publication, ‘Bud, Sweat & Tees’ – “I think that he tries to sensationalist everything,” – Beem wants some clearance on the circumstances of the controversial comments that appeared in the latest tome.

“What was printed by Alan Shipnuk, I want to be clear on this, I want to hear the audio,” Beem told the bookmaker site. “I want to hear exactly what Phil said and I want to hear the context of what he said because the written word is so different than the spoken word that you can take it in any context you want.”

“If you write me a letter, I can read that letter in so many different ways trying to figure out the way you wrote it. I want to hear what he said and how he said it before I really determine how I feel because I look at the source with a little disdain – I’m not a fan. ”

“Once I hear the context, I could probably make a better determination, but it’s hard for me to comment much more on Phil. He’s always been a unique character on the PGA Tour, and there’s a thousand stories out there as we all probably know.”

With nobody knowing for sure where we will see Mickelson next tee it up, Beemer has some advice for the 2021 PGA Champion should he wish to come back to the main tour.

“To go out and to try and redeem yourself, then what you need to do is become a model citizen. You need to come back, hat in hand at the PGA Tour if that’s where your allegiance is, and you need to apologise to every single player on the range.”

“You know, ‘Hey, listen, sorry for having this controversy, didn’t mean it to distract from you and this great tour that we’re part of’, because there are a lot more things to the PGA Tour that, besides the money they play for, are funnelled in.”

“You can give me a cheque for $5 million for winning a tournament, but the things that I get from the PGA Tour are so much more valuable in some respects. And there’s a laundry list of them.”

The current PGA champion is the first non-injured player of the modern era to miss the defence of his title, and with just three weeks to go before the first LIV event in London, we are still in the dark  as to where he next tees it up.

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