After finishing T23 at the U.S. Open, Rory McIlroy is in Ireland for the Irish Open. He is hoping for a better week on the links, and his golf clubs to arrive soon!
Lost luggage is a part of airline travel, but for a professional golfer with Rory McIlroy’s status, it should never be in his itinerary. That’s because the best golfers in the world fly private.
The private jet must have been in the shop for McIlroy because he flew United, and his clubs failed to arrive when he landed:
Hey @united landed in Dublin yesterday morning from Newark and still no golf clubs… Sort of need them this week… Can someone help!?
— Rory Mcilroy (@McIlroyRory) June 17, 2014
United tweeted back at Rory saying the clubs will be in tomorrow (Wednesday), and they will bring the clubs to the Irish Open.
There are two positives that come out of this incident. Professional golfers practice a lot, and an involuntary break can actually be a good thing. Guys on Tour are always talking about taking a break from the game, and then coming back refreshed, so breaks can be your friend.
The second thing is that a little pre-tournament commotion takes pressure off your golf game. Remember the 2012 PGA Championship? Rory had to finish up his third round on Sunday, and then he took a nap, and woke up very close to his tee time. He ended up winning by eight strokes.
It may sound odd, but anything that keeps you loose (even lost luggage), has the potential to help your golf game.
[h/t: Bleacher Report]