Month after month, we read of golfers turning up at courses without their clubs. Almost every time it is down to their chosen airline ‘misplacing’ them, and leading to the players having to beg or borrow a set, or have their sponsor or manufacturer get them a spare set with urgency.
It isn’t often we read of players losing their clothes!
After yesterday’s first round 5-under 66, Jessica Korda revealed she had been wearing borrowed clothes all week whilst waiting for the return of her suitcase, stuck in transit, in Zurich. Whilst she travelled via Switzerland to Muirfield, some of her clothes did not.
On 31st July, Korda tweeted her plea to Swiss International Air Lines:
After the four-birdie, one-eagle round, the six-time LPGA Tour winner pleaded she was still seeking a reunion with her luggage.
“If anyone knows anyone at the Zurich airport that would like to put my suitcase on the one flight a day that they have coming into Edinburgh, I’d deeply appreciate it,” she said.
“I know where it is. I have an air tag on it. I can’t get anyone to actually go get it,” she explained.
The current Rolex #14 then credited her benefactors. “Monday I wore Megan Khang’s pants. Tuesday, I wore my sister’s pants and Wednesday I wore Alison Lee’s pants. And today I’m wearing FootJoy pants.”
Anything else missing besides the pants?
“Sponsor’s hats,” she said. “Wearing a Muirfield hat right now. A lot of my warm stuff. My hand warmers. My hands get really cold, so I wear gloves all the time. I’ve got a lot of heat patches for my lower back and my vitamins. Don’t have that.”
The episode may well have given her some impetus for the tournament.
“I gave up on it (the case) by Wednesday,” she said. “If it comes here, great, but if not, it is what it is. At this point,I’m playing a golf tournament.”
Despite all that, Korda is well positioned to have her best finish in 11 tries at the Women’s British Open, the best so far being a tied-fifth at Birkdale in 2014.
“You have to stay on it here at all times,” said Korda of the tough course.
“It’s links golf. I swear, every time we come to Scotland, it’s just like the same stuff. You’ve just got to be really prepared and take it for what it is.”