The point of charity is to give things to people in need, but normally, you know the people you're giving to. Not so much the case with PGA Tour star Ricky Barnes, who was playing in the Middle Market Open National Kidney Foundation golf tournament on Wednesday and had his watch and golf clubs stolen from his rental car.
Barnes, who finished runner-up at the 2009 U.S. Open and is still searching for that first win on the PGA Tour, finished his round, dropped his golf clubs off in his rental car, and returned just 30 minutes later to find all those items missing in action.
The painful price tag of such a theft? $11,500. Most of that was because his Breitling for Bentley watch cost around $8,000, and while Barnes has banked $869,463 this season alone, it's the pain of grooving your golf clubs that will be the biggest headache to Ricky.
An LPGA friend of mine had her golf clubs lost by an airline last season, and while the cost isn't the problem, it's having your wedges grinded just the way you want them, or finding that 3-wood that lies exactly how you want it. Golfers are neurotic in general, so to have to go out with a whole new set of golf clubs normally isn't good for the psyche (but don't tell that to Brittany Lincicome ... two weeks after losing her golf clubs she's two shots off the lead at the Women's British Open after the first round).
What did Barnes have to say about the whole thing? The University of Arizona standout kept his sense of humor about it, of course, telling reporters, "Yeah, it was a good season — with the clubs I used to have."
Barnes is competing this week at the Greenbrier Classic, and so far isn't having much success with his replacement set.