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Airport luggage mess causes chaos for pros at Monday qualifier

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Golfers, clubs, airlines.

These are three items involved in an unfortunate marriage, and many a story has been told of a player’s bag arriving damaged or not at all.

Indeed, if the likes of John Daly, Graeme McDowell and Viktor Hovland suffer, it’s damn certain that those on the feeder tours and qualifiers will do so. And some.

Go back a few years and European Tour player Thorbjorn Olesen lost two sets of clubs in ten days while, just a couple of months ago, Rob Hudson, attempting to qualify for the PGA Tour Canada arrived at his destination to find the airline had lost both his clubs and contact lenses.

However, we’ve never heard of a complete wipe-out, as seen at this week’s Monday qualifier for the PEI Open.

Monday Q Info (who else?) was the first to break the story on Twitter, reporting that at least 20 players had lost their clubs on a flight arranged just after they had cancelled the previous tournament!

On June 25th, reports are that organizers had no option but to cancel the Elk Ridge Open after one round because of casual water. In a noble gesture, the PGA Tour Canada split the purse evenly between the field – some compensation for the travel and accommodation – but none of them could foresee what would happen over the next day or so.

On arrival at the Prince Edward Island Open, the players found that not a single competitor could retrieve their clubs from the carousel.

 

Recent pro Harrison Ott spoke to Golf Channel:

“There were about 30 players on my flight, and we all go to baggage claim, and the bags start going around and hardly anybody even claims them. Turns out, they were backed-up bags from previous flights who had their bags not make it.”

Ott, who was joint-leader at Elk Ridge when the event was called off, was one of the lucky ones to find something to play with, cobbling together some clubs and a collared shirt. Incredibly, he shot a 4-under 68 to make it through in 4th place.

In a similar goodwill gesture to that made at Elk Ridge, Scott Pritchard, the executive director of PGA Tour Canada, told the channel the tour was aware of the luggage problems, and the tour subsequently wrote a $200,000 check that was split evenly amongst the field, giving each player $1,300.

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  1. Joe

    Aug 1, 2022 at 10:37 pm

    Sounds like Ship Sticks needs to step up and start sponsoring these lower tour guys…

    • JasonHolmes

      Aug 5, 2022 at 11:42 am

      Or they need to invest in a couple of $25 Air Tags or Galaxy Smart Tags.

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Imprisoned Masters champ to face second trial for ‘gender violence’

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As first reported by CBA24n, Angel Cabrera is set to stand trial once again this December.

The 2009 Masters Champion was charged with threatening, assaulting and harassing former partner Cecilia Torres Mana in July of 2021, and is currently serving two years in Argentina for his conviction.

Since that case has concluded, there have been more allegations against the 52-year-old. Torres Mana is claiming that Cabrera had violated his restraining order against her on “multiple occasions.”

Now, a second accuser, Micaela Teresa Escudero, is claiming that she faced “coercion”, “coercion and threat” and “minor injuries” from Cabrera as well.

The former golfer is serving his time at Carcel de Bouwer, which is an infamous prison known as ‘El Penal del Infierno’ or the ‘Prison of Hell’.

The trial is set to begin on December 1st.

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Augusta National chairman personally instructed players not to play LIV events, lawsuit claims

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More interesting information continues to surface from the 105-page lawsuit filed by the “LIV 11” on Wednesday.

According to the court documents, Augusta National Golf Club allegedly attempted to persuade golfers to not join LIV Golf.

“Augusta National, the promoter of The Masters, has taken multiple actions to indicate its alignment with the PGA Tour, thus seeding doubt among top professional golfers whether they would be banned from future Masters Tournaments,” the document states.

“As an initial matter, the links between the PGA Tour and Augusta National run deep. The actions by Augusta National indicate that the PGA Tour has used these channels to pressure Augusta National to do its bidding. For example, in February, 2022 Augusta National representatives threatened to disinvite players from The Masters if they joined LIV Golf.”

Greg Norman has consistently claimed that he’s attempted to reach out to Jay Monahan and ANGC Chairman Fred Ridley, but to no avail.

The lawsuit claims that the major championships has been a strong deterrent preventing players from joining LIV Golf.

“The threat of exlcusion from the Masters (and other majors) is a powerful weapon in the Tour’s arsenal to deter players from joining LIV Golf”.

While none of the majors have yet banned LIV players from playing in their events, they’ve spoken out in opposition to the breakaway golf league.

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Adam Hadwin made the wrong comment over his wife’s outfit…and he’s now paying the price

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World ranked number 84, Adam Hadwin, is well known in golf circles for having a lighter approach to the game.

The Canadian has a Twitter bio that reads, “living the dream a day at a time!” and often posts about his family life and honest views on his current game.

However, despite having 30,000 fewer followers on the social media site, his wife Jessica is the one making more noise with some of her posts over the last few months.

We’ve had a clip of daughter Maddox’s reaction to her father’s hole-in-one at the Memorial, and the hilarious tweet regarding flat packed furniture, just two days after his best-ever finish in a major — tied-seventh at the U.S. Open.

However, she may well have trumped the lot with the revelation of her husband’s reaction to her new outfit:

Jessica is also unimpressed with the reaction of Team Adam, tweeting, “The best part (or worst?) was he said it in front of two male employees who proceeded to absolutely trip over themselves trying to run to his defense. Telling me “oh I don’t think he meant it like that…see what he meant was…he just wants to make sure you’re comfortable.”

It wasn’t long ago that fellow PGA Tour player Adam Schenk found that roasting your wife in public does not pay dividends, and you may think lessons were learned from that. It appears not.

Hadwin’s current status:

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