Thursday 22 August 2019

Padraig Harrington's clubs go AWOL for the first time in 32 years

Pádraig Harrington. Photo: Sportsfile
Pádraig Harrington. Photo: Sportsfile

Brian Keogh

Pádraig Harrington is keeping his fingers crossed that his golf clubs turn up in Prague tomorrow after losing them in transit for the first time in 32 years.

The Dubliner flew direct to Prague from Newark for this week's D+D Real Czech Masters and was shocked to discover his clubs failed to make it when he stepped off his flight on Monday morning.

"First time in 32 years of travelling that my clubs have failed to arrive on the way to a tournament," the European Ryder Cup skipper tweeted. "Strange as it was a direct flight and I checked in 3 hours early. How lucky am I @EuropeanTour"

Harrington’s clubs were found in Newark yesterday evening and while he was waiting to see if they made tonight's flight to Prague, he had a back-up plan in place with his wife Caroline hastily assembling a second set.

Caroline's sister Susie, who is married to Harrington's caddie Ronan Flood, planned to take the back up clubs to Prague herself should the originals fail to arrive.

Harrington, who finished second to Italian Andrew Pavan in the €1 million event last year, is joined at Albatross Golf Resort by Paul Dunne and Gavin Moynihan.

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