Airline trashes PGA Tour players clubs

pga43pga43 GolfWRX.com's Tour PhotographerNashville,_ TNMarshals Posts: 9,200 mod
The airlines managed to drag Lee Janzen's golf bag behind the luggage tram and destroyed his whole set. The 60* wedge ended up at 22* loft and 30* lie. We caught these photos today on the range oof the Justin Timerlake Shiners Open.



Here is an article from Brian at PGATour.com. He asked to use the images.


By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM



A lost or delayed bag is one thing. Golf clubs that come off the luggage carousel looking like this is another. When Lee Janzen touched down at McCarran Airport in Las Vegas on Saturday, he was stunned to find that his clubs were, for all intents and purposes, destroyed. His lob wedge, for example, was bent 40 degrees, while other clubs looked like they'd been put through some sort of metal grinder.



"I opened my airline bag and it smelled like something was burning," Janzen said via cell phone. "When it came out on the belt I could see there was a hole in the bag and some foam sticking out. I thought, 'Oh my gosh what happened to my bag?'"



Janzen, who flew Delta out of Orlando over the weekend to Monday qualify for this week's Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, said in all his years of travel he's never seen anything like what happened. He also said he thinks it occurred on the ground in Las Vegas and not in Orlando or with the Delta crew.



Janzen added that something similar happened to PGA TOUR rookie Ben Martin in Las Vegas earlier this season when all 14 of his clubs were "decapitated."



"To do that to somebody's baggage and to throw them on the carousel like nothing happened," Janzen continued. "I would want my people to walk them out and start the process."



When Janzen, who still isn't certain how the clubs got destroyed other than to speculate that they were jammed into something and dragged, did approach the airline with the damaged clubs an agent at the counter suggested that he could rent a set of clubs in the meantime. Naturally he didn't need to, and that's where a (somewhat) happy ending to the story comes in: Callaway had an exact replica in Janzen's hands by Sunday afternoon and he qualified for the tournament with a 66 on Monday. Said Janzen, "Hopefully it's just the beginning of the story."










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  • ksavy17ksavy17 Members Posts: 2,624 ✭✭
    that is terrible!!!
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  • tembolo1284tembolo1284 Boom Boom Banned Posts: 20,715
    Holy ****! And waaaaaaaay too much offset there. Very yucky of the airline indeed!
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  • Mward2002Mward2002 Members Posts: 1,080
    edited Sep 26, 2011 #4
    Wow, that's just terrible on the airlines' part. I'm curious though if Janzen keeps his travel clubs in a hardcase or not, because that's a lot of damage for something that you'd think would be in a case.



    Side note.. I wonder what kinda yardage you get with a now 22 degree 60 degree wedge.
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    That custom solegrind looks awesome.
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  • Par72Par72 Members Posts: 598
    mkay wrote:


    That custom solegrind looks awesome.




    The back of that PW actually looks pretty cool! I also wonder more about this....no way they got that damaged in a hard case......
  • tbowles411tbowles411 ClubWRX Posts: 25,061 ✭✭
    edited Sep 26, 2011 #7
    Oh, take it away!!!! Nooooooooo!!!!!!



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  • pga43pga43 GolfWRX.com's Tour Photographer Nashville,_ TNMarshals Posts: 9,200 mod
    Mward2002 wrote:


    Wow, that's just terrible on the airlines' part. I'm curious though if Janzen keeps his travel clubs in a hardcase or not, because that's a lot of damage for something that you'd think would be in a case.



    Side note.. I wonder what kinda yardage you get with a now 22 degree 60 degree wedge.




    Most every player uses a Club Glove with a stiff arm but his bag was dragged and run over. I didn't see the golf bag but was told it actually caught on fire.





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  • JPNC1977JPNC1977 Members Posts: 529 ✭✭
    Looks like for good measure, they also set his clubs on fire.
  • floycotafloycota Members Posts: 977 ✭✭
    I wonder how much he is going to file the claim for? image/rolleyes.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':rolleyes:' />
  • tbombtbomb Wheel, Snipe, Party - Gongshow Hockey Members Posts: 2,372 ✭✭
    I think James Patrick did a set of X-proto's like that...



    And I'd love to know what airline!!!!!
  • kekoakekoa ClubWRX Posts: 8,786 ClubWRX
    Only good thing is that he can have a full new set built and delivered at his beck and call.
  • FornestoFornesto Unregistered Posts: 1,091
    impressive that no one noticed image/coolpics.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':coolpics:' />
  • PreppySlapCutPreppySlapCut This is just babytown frolics... Members Posts: 6,373 ✭✭
    And THAT'S why I don't fly with my clubs...
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  • Pert1862Pert1862 JerseyMembers Posts: 2,803 ✭✭
    Wow!!!! thats nuts! at least he can get some new stix built in an hour
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  • He should have shipped them via FedEx.
  • GatorNate11GatorNate11 Members Posts: 3,919
    Good Lord, that is ridiculous. Setting the bag on fire? That's crazy.
  • JaxGolfer1JaxGolfer1 Members Posts: 66
    Looks like he should have used FedEx to ship his clubs to the next tournament. Doesn't he watch TV commercials during PGA events?
  • tembolo1284tembolo1284 Boom Boom Banned Posts: 20,715
    Callaway hate crime.
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  • Sooner1Sooner1 Posts: 678 ✭✭
    Name the airline!!!!!!!!! Good thing he gets them for free.....





    this would never happen if he flew private
  • Mward2002Mward2002 Members Posts: 1,080
    pga43 wrote:

    Mward2002 wrote:


    Wow, that's just terrible on the airlines' part. I'm curious though if Janzen keeps his travel clubs in a hardcase or not, because that's a lot of damage for something that you'd think would be in a case.



    Side note.. I wonder what kinda yardage you get with a now 22 degree 60 degree wedge.




    Most every player uses a Club Glove with a stiff arm but his bag was dragged and run over. I didn't see the golf bag but was told it actually caught on fire.





    Greg




    That's what I thought about the hardcase. That's insane to see that much damage. I can't believe the thing caught fire either. I'm not sure if that's awesome or terrible (I'm in the that's freakin awesome camp minus the fact Lee's out a set of clubs)
  • Ping_HoPing_Ho Picture Perfect Members Posts: 741
    wow...



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  • SplitterSplitter The truth is out there.... Members Posts: 3,396
    Yikes. I bet the only reason they didn't get "lost" was because of the fire.



    What LW does he play? Anything that can be bent 40* is pretty soft!
  • tampaytampay Members Posts: 381
    I hate shipping clubs anywhere. Flying would be worse...



    I like the fact that somebody actually measured the loft/lie of that 60 tho image/tongue.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':tongue:' /> . Must be double grain flow forged to get it to 22*
  • DSea3DSea3 Members Posts: 68
    pingmatt wrote:


    He should have shipped them via FedEx.




    Fedex Kinkos....Good People!



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  • DillingerDillinger Cagolfer Posts: 644
    edited Sep 26, 2011 #26
    mkay wrote:


    That custom solegrind looks awesome.






    Thats funny! How did they do that to that wedge? Looks like they drug it behind the plane not the luggage tram. Its steel. I wonder what the bag looked like?



    I have had my cubs lost multiple times and even had the stiff arm and driver broke. The stiff arm is frikin tuff too. Fed-ex is my new way of traveling with my clubs and has been for a few yrs. If you do put them on a plane insure them . Its $20 bucks and its worth every penny for $2000 in insurance I believe. They paid for my clubs in the long run.
  • pdaeropdaero Lefty Boomers Posts: 6,016 ✭✭
    That's disgusting - saw the post via WRX's tweet. Can't believe that they would do that - that is his job, as much as an airline demolishing a web designer's laptop. russian_roulette.gif
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  • Judge440Judge440 Titleist will always have my heart. ClubWRX Posts: 2,070 ClubWRX
    JPNC1977 wrote:


    Looks like for good measure, they also set his clubs on fire.


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  • littlepingmanlittlepingman Members Posts: 7,535 ✭✭
    This sorta reminds me of Mike Weir's 7-iron.



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  • Par72Par72 Members Posts: 598
    edited Sep 26, 2011 #30
    pdaero wrote:


    That's disgusting - saw the post via WRX's tweet. Can't believe that they would do that - that is his job, as much as an airline demolishing a web designer's laptop. russian_roulette.gif






    Well...If a web designer can get Apple to immediately fed ex him a brand new not available to the public laptop that he can have that afternoon with all his pertinent information on it. image/wink.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=';)' />



    Littlepingman...I read you're post and was like teehee a dig at weir...he deserves it! But a quick google search later and MY GOD!!!! You werent kidding.....
  • MizunofanMizunofan Northern NJ (NYC Metro area)Members Posts: 598 ✭✭


    And THAT'S why I don't fly with my clubs...




    Do you ship them ahead of you via FedEx? Was thinking of exploring that option for my Dec. trip to Doral.
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