Time for some audience participation.
Which is the more insane scenario after two-time U.S. Open winner Lee Janzen’s set of Callaway clubs was destroyed by an airline en route to Las Vegas this week?
1. That Callaway got an entire set of replacement clubs to him by the next day.
2. That Janzen used the new set and made it through a Monday qualifier yesterday to secure a spot in this week’s PGA Tour field.
3. Or that when Janzen saw his clubs and went to the airline counter to complain, they actually said. “You can always rent a set, right?"
Janzen, who did not qualify for the FedEx Cup series and hasn’t played competitively in over a month, flew to Las Vegas on Saturday and was surprised to see that his golf travel bag, which covers his set, was torn as it came down the luggage carousel.
Then he looked inside.
“Shafts broken, clubs destroyed, heads messed up – a total shambles,” said Tommy Limbaugh, Janzen’s longtime agent.
The damage was unbelievable. It looks like some of his irons were placed on a metal grinder. Here are some photos:
“Losing clubs, you know what that does to a golfer,” Limbaugh said.
Janzen called Callaway straightaway and despite it being the weekend, a replacement set was pieced together using his specs. He received the clubs Sunday night and remarkably, despite a long competitive layoff, survived a Monday qualifier in Henderson, Nev., to get a spot in the Shriners event that begins Thursday.
Janzen’s 60-degree wedge was bent so badly, it had 22 degrees of loft, Limbaugh said. As for what happened, nobody is quite sure. The clubs look like they were run over and dragged.
“We absolutely cannot figure out what happened,” Limbaugh said.
The airline did, indeed, suggest that Janzen rent a set during his time in Vegas.
Limbaugh declined to identify the airline.