Sheffield golf star Matthew Fitzpatrick hit by travel woes

Matthew Fitzpatrick. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire
Matthew Fitzpatrick. Photo: David Davies/PA Wire
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Air travel can be stressful at the best of times, but for Sheffield born Matthew Fitzpatrick a routine flight from the US turned into a nightmare.

The 21 year-old had been taking part in his first ever US PGA Championship last week at Baltusrol in Springfield, New Jersey, and was due to fly back to Europe for the Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play in Scotland which starts tomorrow when disaster struck.

”We left the golf course about 6.30pm to head to Newark airport and then suddenly realised on my itinerary that I was flying out of JFK airport." the two-time European Tour winner told europeantour.com.

"Luckily my driver was a local and he swerved traffic and raced us to the right airport, just in time to make the flight. The Aer Lingus staff were waiting for me, checked in my bags and took me straight through security. I then ran to the gate and straight on the flight. It was a pretty mental.”

However on arriving in Manchester Fitzpatrick found his bags had made the journey but not his golf clubs.

The youngster took to social media and tweeted, "No reply from @AerLingus, request of flying my clubs to Edinburgh hasn't happened either,Who knew it was so hard to get someones bag to them"

However with less than 24 hours until he is due to tee off against Thomas Bjorn in Edinburgh the Nordea Masters champion's received the news his clubs have eventually arrived into Manchester.

With the help for a friend and his team he should make his 2.15pm tee off time tomorrow.

”My pal in Manchester is driving them half way up the road to Scotland and my manager is going to meet him and drive them back to the course. I’m very grateful to both. It might be my manager’s job,” he joked “but I’ll have to find some way to thank my mate.”