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Olympic hopeful Emiliano Grillo reunited with golf bag following airline confusion

Argentinian golfer Emiliano Grillo is breathing a sigh of relief after his lost golf bag – including all his equipment – was returned to him after they went missing during transit to Rio.

Grillo feared he would miss the Olympics after his bag did not arrive in Brazil, with the airline promising to look into what happened. However, for Grillo a simple apology was not going to cut it after his dreams of playing in an Olympic team looked to be scuppered in frustrating fashion.

Grillo is due to tee-off on Thursday morning, but his preparations have been severely damaged by the late arrival of his clubs.

Grillo, ranked 39th in the world, tweeted in desperation on Monday evening: "@AmericanAir delays, rerouting and 20+ calls can't find my golf bag. I am going to miss my chance to compete in the Olympics. @Rio2016".

He continued to document the frantic hunt for his clubs on social media as he feared missing out on golf's return to the Olympics after it was reinstated for the first time since 1904.

"@AmericanAir seriously, find me a human in JFK, MIA, or Sao Paolo that can physically look for my bag and confirm where it is and send it" he wrote.

He even showed a little amusement at the situation by asking his followers to vote in a poll as to where they thought his clubs had wound up, with the options being New York, Rio, Hong Kong or Ushuaia (Ibiza).

On Tuesday morning Grillo tweeted a picture of himself hugging his recovered bag, so this story at least had a happy ending.

"I am never letting you go again... Until next flight..." he wrote.

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