BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) — Early U.S. Open leader Callum Tarren got a head start on his trip to Boston when he missed the cut in Canada last week. His clubs weren’t so lucky.

For the second time in two U.S. Open appearances, Tarren’s golf bag didn’t make it on the plane with him.

“Luckily, there was somebody in Canada who went to the airport and gave the airport staff a little kick,” said Tarren, who shot a 3-under 67 to finish the first round tied for the lead at Brookline. “They arrived on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. It wasn’t bad.”

Tarren was in the first group off the 10th tee at The Country Club during Thursday’s first round. Through 12 holes of his second round Friday he was one back of the lead at -4.

“I’m kind of pinching myself, because I didn’t realize it was on the top of the leaderboard,” said Tarren, who got into the field by finishing second in the 36-hole qualifier at RattleSnake Point Golf Club outside of Toronto. “Just excited with my start, and let’s see what the next few days holds.”

Tarren failed to make it to the weekend in eight straight PGA Tour events to start the season before placing 30th at the Honda Classic and then a tie for fifth in the Puerto Rico Open. He cashed four checks in a row before missing the cut in the RBC Open last week and heading to Boston on Saturday.

“I was at the airport four hours early because people warned me it’s a nightmare up there in Toronto,” Tarren said. “I got here; no clubs. There was five other players on my flight. They all got golf clubs.”

So Tarren reached out to the St. George’s members he stayed with in Toronto, and one of them went to the airport to check on their status.

“She hustled them along,” he said. “This time I got them a little bit faster than last. I didn’t actually get them until Wednesday in Pebble Beach a few years ago. So that was a nightmare.”


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