WOBURN, England – Karrie Webb breathed a sigh of relief Tuesday at the Ricoh Women’s British Open.
Her golf clubs finally showed up.
When Webb arrived at London Heathrow Monday after flying from Chicago and the UL International Crown, her bag and set of Bridgestone irons, Ping wedges and Callaway woods didn’t arrive with her. Neither did her luggage.
The troubling thing was that British Airways baggage handling couldn’t track the missing clubs.
“They didn’t know where they were,” Webb said.
About 10 years ago, Webb lost a set of clubs arriving at Los Angeles International Airport. They never turned up, and she thinks they were stolen. So, she held her breath, figuratively, here at Woburn Golf Club, waiting to see what the week would hold, because if her clubs weren’t found, she was going to withdraw from the event. She didn’t have a backup set ready to go and wasn’t going to try to patch together another set to play.
“What would be the point?” Webb said.
Finally, about 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, her clubs arrived. So did her luggage. The only drawback is that she lost almost two days of prep time scouting the course. Late Tuesday afternoon, she still hadn’t played Woburn Golf Club.