Lexi Thompson Apologises After Forgotten Passport Delays Bags

40 players we unable to play on Monday after Lexi Thompson delayed a bus carrying their clubs

Lexi Thompson Apologises After Forgotten Passport Delays Bags

40 players we unable to play on Monday ahead of the Women's British Open after Lexi Thompson delayed a bus carrying their clubs

Lexi Thompson Apologises After Forgotten Passport Delays Bags

Lexi Thompson says she "can't apologise enough" after delaying 40 players from practising on Monday at the Ricoh Women's British Open.

The American was leaving France and the Evian Championship to tee it up this week at Woburn when she realised she didn't have her passport.

Her passport was in her golf bag, which was in a minibus carrying 40 players' bags up through France and to England.

Her caddie Benji was "somewhere close" to the minibus so she got the driver to turn around and meet him.

The van was packed full of golf bags so finding Lexi's bag was difficult and the driver ultimately missed his ferry over to England and the bags arrived late Monday afternoon.

That meant some 40 players were unable to practice because the course was closed in the evening for greenkeepers to conduct their pre-tournament preparation.

"I didn't realise that I was going to cause so much delay with the bags for all the players and I'm very sorry about that," Lexi said in her press conference.

"But in my situation I was freaking out and then he happened to be somewhere close to where my caddie Benjy was so my first reaction was to hopefully stop him and get my passport so I could leave and get to the Women's British Open

"I do apologise, I would be upset if I was the other players but I ended up getting it.

"I can't apologise enough."

Ryan O'Toole was unhappy with the clubs turning up late and said that the driver should have continued on.

“I don’t know why the driver would agree to accommodate one person knowing it would punish about a third of the field,” she said.

“The driver should have said, 'Hey, I’ve got to get these clubs to Woburn. If you want the passport, somebody’s going to have to fly there to get it and bring it back.’”

Lexi missed the cut last week at the Evian Championship and then took to Instagram to complain about a couple of bad bounces and bad lies she got and posted a picture of a fairway that looked in very poor condition.

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!


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3 wood: Titleist TSi2 HL

Irons: Mizuno MP-H4 3-iron, Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5