AFTER the intitial attempt to get his clubs and luggage to the Thracian Cliffs resort was thwarted by an airport strike, Nicolas Colsaerts had to ring his mother to fly his reserve set over from Paris.
Unfortunately that flight was cancelled and the back up set had not arrived in time, so the 30-year-old Belgian used social media to appeal to Brussels Airport staff.
After a frantic search for the orginal set of clubs, they were found and Colsaerts father Patrick was able to pick them up before flying them out on Tuesday night.
“It was pretty intense yesterday,” said Colsaerts. “It was either get my clubs or play with a random set which I did not want to do in the defence of my title.
“It has been disruptive. I wasted two days and I wanted to play today. But we travel enough to know that you have to deal with it. Thank God my father is going to be here tonight with some clothes and my clubs.”
Colsaerts, who will face South Africa’s Branden Grace and Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat in his group, did not win a group match last season.
The 24-man field will be whittled down to the last 16 by Friday, with the quarter finals taking place on Saturday, and the semis and final being played out on the Sunday.
The Belgian is looking to become the first player since Ernie Els in 2004 to defend the title, while Australia's Brett Rumford is looking for three consecutive tournament victories.