LPGA: KPMG Womens PGA Championship - Final Round

Jun 23, 2019; Chaska, MN, USA; Lexi Thompson plays her shot from the second tee during the final round of the KPMG Women's PGA Championship at Hazeltine National Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Lexi Thompson's misplaced passport caused nearly 40 players to miss practice rounds Monday at the Women's British Open.

The problem began when Thompson left her passport in her golf bag, which was one of almost 40 being driven in a truck from last week's Evian Championship in France to Woburn Golf Club outside of London.

A call was placed to the van driver -- Ian Wright, a former caddie for Seve Ballesteros -- to stop so her caddie, Benji Thompson, could take a taxi to retrieve the passport and bring it back so she could fly out of Geneva.

Wright said he had to unpack about half the truck looking for the right golf bag.

"That van was packed to the hilt," Wright told Golf Channel. "A mouse couldn't have found room to live in there."

The stoppage, plus the time to repack the truck, took about three hours and caused other delays -- a missed ferry to England and hitting morning rush-hour traffic. When Wright arrived at the course five to six hours later than planned, the club wasn't allowing more practice rounds because the groundskeepers needed to make preparations for the start the event Thursday.

The driving range was open, however.

"Forgetting her passport, that was an honest mistake," her agent, Bobby Kreusler, told Golf Channel. "And she had no idea retrieving it would cause the delay it did, or that it would impact other players the way it did. She would never have wanted that."

Ryann O'Toole was among the players who expressed frustration over the delay.

"I don't know why the driver would agree to accommodate one person knowing it would punish about a third of the field," O'Toole said, according to Golf Channel. "The driver should have said, 'Hey, I've got to get these clubs to Woburn. If you want the passport, somebody's going to have to fly there to get it and bring it back.'"

--Field Level Media

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