June 16, 2014. New York Times put it well, “Rory Mcllroy can’t find his other half, and he’s not looking for ex-fiance Caroline Wozniacki.” This wasn’t what Rory McIlroy was prepared for. After finishing T23 at the U.S. Open this weekend, McIlroy hopped on to United Airlines airplane across the Atlantic to play in the Irish Open, which starts Thursday at Fota Island Resort in Cork. At his destination he realised he has arrived alone, as his golf set didnt come through the baggage.
Hey @united landed in Dublin yesterday morning from Newark and still no golf clubs… Sort of need them this week… Can someone help!?
— Rory Mcilroy (@McIlroyRory) June 17, 2014
USA Today said there’s nothing like a global golf star tweeting an airline about lost baggage to remind that you that the rich and famous aren’t that different from us. It said ‘when Rory’s bag is lost, he’s out his fully-customized sticks that have helped him win $3.2 million on the golf course this year.’
“Hey @united landed in Dublin yesterday morning from Newark and still no golf clubs… Sort of need them this week… Can someone help!?” the two-time Major champion tweeted for his 1.9 million followers to see Tuesday morning.
The airline — quick to notice the potential damage that could be done by a negative tweet from a high-profile passenger — promptly responded to McIlroy, and with good news.
“We have good news. Your clubs will be in tomorrow and we’ll deliver them to the tournament for you. ^JH,” United responded.