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News: Kim’s Clubs Make A Comeback

I.K. Kim
I.K. Kim celebrates her victory at the 2017 Ricoh Women's British Open. The clubs and bag she used for her victory ended up lost for two months. (Getty Images)

In January, I.K. Kim had the experience every golfer dreads. On her flight from Miami to San Diego, American Airlines lost the golf clubs and bag the 29-year-old used to win the Ricoh Women’s British Open last summer. Adding insult to injury, the airline suggested that Kim should use rental clubs for her round.

Two month later, thanks to the work of some good Samaritans in Southern California, Kim was reunited with what remained of her set at a City of Carlsbad Police Department station.


It seems that three fans saw Kim’s golf bag (with her name emblazoned on the side and her LPGA identification badge in the front compartment) at a used sporting goods store. The clubs were being sold for $60 apiece.

By the time Kim retrieved them, the only clubs left were three wedges and a couple of hybrids. But it was better than nothing.

The story raised more questions than it answered. How did a tour players’ golf bag, with her name embroidered on the side and her ID in the pocket, get from an American Airlines plane to a Play It Again Sports? And what is the Carlsbad PD doing to get to the bottom of this?

Those answers may come in the future. But for the time being, Kim is happy to have what’s left of a major-championship set back in her hands.

Oh, and American Airlines sent Kim a tweet when the news broke on Wednesday.

@SWEET_IKKIM We’d like to help with your baggage. Please send us a DM here and provide your baggage file number and details.

Nothing like pouring salt in a wound to make the public want to fly with you.

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