Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Great Week Continues for Rory McIlroy, As He Loses Golf Clubs
My good friend and LPGA player Irene Cho asked me to caddie for her a year ago in the Safeway event in Portland. A solid week by any measure, Irene finished her Sunday on a tear, and nearly landed in the top-10 after a three birdie over her last four holes finish helped jump her up the leaderboard. She was feeling confident, and excited, and ready to hit up the next event in Canada with some serious momentum pushing her along, but something terrible happened; the airlines "lost" her golf clubs (I put that in quotation marks because I'm fairly certain golf clubs don't just disappear, but possibly might disappear in the trunk of one of the workers handling the sticks). Irene was stuck playing with a bag of unfamiliar clubs, and while she never got comfortable with them that week, it took months for her to get the bag of clubs together she wanted and felt comfortable with. What's the point? Losing your golf clubs on flights is something that could haunt a professional golfer for a long while.
Cue in Rory McIlroy. After three rounds of the Masters, Rory looked to be the most popular, and soon to be most heralded, golfer of 2011. But a final round 80 gutted the 21-year-old, and he had to leave Augusta, tail between his legs, in hopes of finding his game at his next event in Malaysia. He flew with eventual Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, and although they took a private jet, his golf clubs somehow got lost.
Via The Telegraph ...
"It hasn't happened often, its one of these things you can't help it, going through so many timezones and so many connecting flights your bags are going to get lost sometimes," McIlroy said.
"Hopefully they turn up tonight and I'll be ready to go tomorrow."
Now, I'm not genius here, but if a top professional golfer's clubs went missing after a private flight, the first thing I'd be thinking is someone lifted them. "Oh, these are Rory McIlroy's clubs. Well, now they are my clubs." How in the world are they not thinking this?
Also, talk about a rough couple of days. McIlroy has the entire world watch him completely collapse, and when he gets to an event that he can play in the comfort of the European Tour, he doesn't even have sticks to slap it around with.
Hopefully they find them so he can at least go out on the one place he's probably comfortable right now; the golf course.