PGA Tour Canada Monday qualifier marred by missing clubs mess

As many as 50 players were without their clubs for a Monday qualifier at to get into a PGA Tour Canada event.

PGA Tour Canada Monday qualifier marred by missing clubs mess
PGA Tour Canada Monday qualifier marred by missing clubs mess

When you’re playing professional golf, it’s kind of important that you have your clubs.

There was widespread annoyance this week for some players who had pitched up to a Monday qualifier on PGA Tour Canada to get into the Prince Edward Island Open.

Slowly, stories started to trickle in about players reporting that they were still waiting on their clubs to arrive.

As many as 50 players were affected. They flew in on Air Canada.

“Not a single golfer got their clubs,” pro Harrison Ott told GolfChannel about the problems.

“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."

The publication reported that Ott decided to try and improvise and pitched up to the Monday qualifier anyway without any equipment at Belvedere Golf Club in Charlottetown.

The pro shop exhausted all efforts to try and find the pros some equipment. As many as 20 players decided drop out. Ott managed to cobble together enough equipment but was without a collared shirt, so borrowed one from the pro shop.

He managed to make it through the qualifier after shooting a round of 4-under 68 to get into the field at Dundarave Golf Club in Cardigan.

Scott Pritchard, the executive director of PGA Tour Canada, told GolfChannel the tour was aware of the luggage problems.

As a token of goodwill, the tour wrote a $200,000 check that was split evenly amongst the field, giving each player $1,300.

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