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QUICK TAKE: Golfer Withdraws From U.S. Open Qualifier After American Airlines Loses His Clubs

Michael Buttacavoli made it in time for his tee time, but his clubs were nowhere to be found. (Photo Credit: Zimbio)

There’s never a great time to lose your luggage, but this instance was particularly cruel.

Michael Buttacavoli, a player on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica, flew overnight on American Airlines from Ecuador to Miami to play his U.S. Open sectional qualifier at Jupiter Hills Club in Tequesta, Fla. Buttacavoli made it to Florida in time for his 7:26 a.m. tee time, but his clubs did not.


Understandably frustrated, the former standout at Rice University had a feisty exchange with American Airlines on Twitter:

As many on Twitter suggested, Buttacavoli didn’t try to qualify with rental clubs. A similar situation happened in 2013 when Scott Gardiner lost his clubs prior to sectional qualifying, only Gardiner decided to use clubs from the pro shop rather than withdraw.

Buttacavoli has qualified for sectionals three times but has never made it past that stage. His odds were long — 49 players were attempting to qualify for three spots — but it has to sting to not have a chance.

The incident brings back memories of Emiliano Grillo’s struggle to unite with his clubs before the Olympics last year. The airline who lost them? American Airlines.


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