Char­ter flight from Bri­tish Open ‘ valu­able perk’ for Cana­dian Open

Cape Breton Post - - SPORTS - BY STEPHEN WHYNO MARKHAM, ONT.

When Graham DeLaet checked his golf clubs with Aer Lin­gus for his transat­lantic flight to the Bri­tish Open, be­wil­der­ment fol­lowed.

Af­ter a se­ries of Twit­ter posts from DeLaet, ex­press­ing con­cern that no one knew where they were, the clubs were de­liv­ered 54 hours later. When the Wey­burn, Sask., na­tive opened up his travel bag, he found dirty clubs that looked like they went through a bat­tle.

“You just can’t make this stuff up,” DeLaet tweeted.

DeLaet went on to play St. An­drews af­ter caddy Julien Trudeau cleaned up the clubs, tweet­ing a photo with the mes­sage, “like new.”

Even though the clubs were no worse for wear, DeLaet won’t have to have to risk the same ag­gra­va­tion on his way back to North Amer­ica.

DeLaet is one about 30 golfers trav­el­ling from Scot­land to Toronto on Golf Canada’s char­ter flight for the RBC Cana­dian Open. It’s an an­nual tra­di­tion that helps en­sure a strong field for Canada’s na­tional open the week af­ter a ma­jor cham­pi­onship.

“It’s the sin­gle big­gest thing that we’ve got go­ing for us,” said Golf Canada chief cham­pi­onship of­fi­cer Bill Paul, who’s in Scot­land or­ga­niz­ing the char­ter. “It’s a nec­es­sary perk that we have and a very, very valu­able perk that we have.”

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