This year, 902 golfers attempted to qualify for the U.S. Open through Sectionals, and 73 people made it through to the event. However, one golfer was forced to miss their event due to American Airlines, or so he thought.
Michael Buttacovoli of Equador was expecting his golf clubs to arrive in Miami for his sectional attempt, but he didn't see them and missed his tee time. However, American Airlines made a statement and said his clubs DID arrive, but he failed to claim them.
The lesson of this story? Check the baggage claim thoroughly before you blame the airline!
Learn more about this situation with this golf.com article.