Masters 2016: Chris Wood gets his lost clubs back just in time

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Englishman offered a hire set to use at Augusta

Chris Wood got his golf clubs back just in time for the Masters after they went missing on his flight.

For most professional golfers, playing in the Masters is the highlight of the year. For some just one visit will be the highlight of their entire careers.

Chris Wood played at Augusta for the first time in the 2010 Masters tournament but mainly due to injury problems, he was unable to make his way back into the world’s top 50 and secure his spot.

But a return to form and fitness ensured the Englishman received his invite for the 2016 event.

Wood travelled to Augusta a couple of weeks early to acclimatise and get a bit of putting practice in.

But when Wood returned back to the UK, his clubs were nowhere to be found.

In an attempt to see the funny-side, Wood explained how a member of airline staff had offered him a hire set for the week. It’s only the Masters, what does it matter if you have your own clubs or not?

Wood had tried to get the clubs sent back to the UK but it took the airline a couple days to relocate and by this stage the last thing he wanted was them going out of sight.

Rather than sending them back, Mizuno’s European Tour manager Alex Thorne spoke with Chris’ manager and arranged for someone from Mizuno’s office to take delivery of the clubs at Atlanta airport.

They were taken to Mizuno’s factory in Braselton, Georgia and then hand-carried to Augusta to be reunited with their owner.

Not the ideal preparation, but Wood seemed in good spirits about the whole saga and was ready for his 9.04am tee-time (BST -5) on Thursday morning.

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