Golfer forced to withdraw from British Open because of plane trouble

Wednesday July 16th, 2014

Getting to work on time can be tough for people. For most people, that means traffic and train problems, but pro golfers aren't exempt either. Just ask Mark Calcavecchia, who was forced to withdrawn from this week's Open Championship at Royal Liverpool because his flight was canceled. 

For Calcavecchia, this has to be especially disappointing. At age 54, he competes primarily on the over-50 Champions Tour, but he gets a chance to compete against the youngsters with an invite each year to the British Open as a former champ. While he failed to make the cut at last year's tournament, but he did finish in a tie for ninth in 2012. 

Since Calcavecchia was forced to withdraw, his spot in the field went to 35-year-old Canadian David Hearn, who makes his first ever Open appearance.

Calcavecchia, meanwhile, will have a week off to play golf do what ever golfers do on vacation. 

- Dan Gartland


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