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Thursday 26 April 2018

Appeal for lost clubs proves successful as McIlroy gets ready for Fota assault

Rory McIlroy
Rory McIlroy

Karl MacGinty

RORY McILROY will be reunited with his missing golf clubs today, just in time to tee it up in the Irish Open pro-am at Fota Island.

World No 6 McIlroy launched a plaintive appeal on Twitter yesterday after his Nike clubs failed to turn up for the second day in succession following his trans-Atlantic flight from the US Open.

"Hey, @united landed in Dublin yesterday (Monday) morning from Newark and still no golf clubs ... Sort of need them this week ... can somebody help!?" he tweeted.

Having the high-spec, heavily-customised tools of their trade go astray is a grave hazard for the modern golfer.

"One of the perils of all the travelling we do is losing your clubs and it is an issue," said Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley.

"But once the airline finds out its Rory McIlroy's clubs, there will be people scurrying around the world to find them."

True enough, United quickly responded to McIlroy's tweet, seeking his bag reference number. After locating the missing sticks, the airline confirmed they'd arrive this morning, according to McIlroy's manager Sean O'Flaherty.

Just as well McIlroy tees it up in the afternoon at Fota Island with his dad Gerry, business magnate Dermot Desmond and Albert Sharpe.

Early risers are in for a real treat at the Irish Open tomorrow when McIlroy embarks in the first round at Fota with fellow multiple Major Champion Padraig Harrington and Scot Stephen Gallacher at 7.50. They play at 12.50 on Friday.

Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry will draw massive crowds to the fairway ropes tomorrow afternoon when they join defending Irish Open champion Paul Casey in the afternoon's marquee group at 12.50 and 7.50 the following day.

Irish Independent

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