It was a bad experience for Lexi Thompson during last week’s Evian Championship and on top of that, her start to the Women’s British Open isn’t much better. According to a Golf Channel report, Lexi accidentally left her passport in her golf bag. She additionally sounded off about course conditions following a missed cut in France. Her clubs were with 40 other players’ sticks in a rental car traveling from the Evian Resort Golf Club to Woburn Golf Club in England.
The person who was in charge of hauling the clubs between major sites was Ian Wright, a former caddie for Seve Ballesteros. Two hours after the departure, he received a call that Thompson’s passport was in the back of his van. He reported to the Golf Channel’s Randall Mell that he pulled over and waited for Thompson’s caddie to retrieve the documentation.
“I think I might have screamed,” Wright told Golf Channel. “I had to drive through the night to get here.”
Wright had to unpack most of the bags while waiting, as he was carrying a full load of equipment. “That van was packed to the hilt,” Wright said. “A mouse couldn’t have found room to live in there.”
Wright was forced to repack the van after the passport was handed off, and told the Golf Channel the episode put him back an initial three hours. Unfortunately, his delays did not end there as he missed a ferry to England, and ultimately found himself stuck in rush-hour traffic jams.
Since Wright failed to arrive in Woburn in time which was until 5:00 p.m. local time—almost 24 hours after his adventure began—players whose clubs were in his van missed a practice round, as the course closed for maintenance. The players were, however, allowed to hit on the range. Thompson’s agent told the Golf Channel it was an honest mistake.
“She had no idea retrieving it would cause the delay it did, or that it would impact other players the way it did,” said agent Bobby Kreusle. “She would never have wanted that.”