U.S. Open Hopeful Has Dream Destroyed By American Airlines


American Airlines has not had much in the way of good publicity lately. Their reputation took a further hit on Monday when Michael Buttacavoli was forced to withdraw from the Tequesta, Florida U.S. Open Sectional Qualifier after the airline lost his clubs.



  • Seeking Spot: Michael Buttacavoli makes his living on the PGA Tour LatinoAmerica. He was attempting to qualify for his first major championship.
  • Heated Exchange: The incident led to a heated exchange on Twitter between an angered Buttacavoli and an apologetic American Airlines, although Buttacavoli has doubts about the sincerity of the apology.
  • Major Screwup: According to Buttcavoli, the clubs had priority tags on them, but were still lost by the airline.
  • The Results: The Tequesta Sectional Qualifier had three spots open for 49 competitors. Web.com Tour member Jack Maguire took medalist honors, with Joaquin Niemann, the word’s top-ranked amateur, also qualifying for Erin Hills.

On Twitter


“Priority tags r meaningless. Told u 100 times. Stop apologizing. Don’t need sympathy or you to be PC. Just do better. U have yet to show that.”
Michael Buttacavoli via Twitter


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