Rio 2016: Emiliano Grilllo could miss the Olympics after his clubs were lost en route to Brazil

American Airlines are said to be looking for the Argentine's clubs.

Rio 2016: Emiliano Grilllo could miss the Olympics after his clubs were lost en route to Brazil
Grillo is in Rio but his clubs aren't (photo: Getty Inages)

For some, the Olympics is a once in a lifetime opportunity to represent your country and potentially win a coveted medal. For Argentine golfer Emiliano Grillo the dream could be over before it has even begun.

"Delays, rerouting and 20+ phone calls" and still no clubs

Grillo had been looking forward to his first ever Olympics, particularly after an excellent run of form that has seen him finish in the top 15 of four of his last six events on the PGA Tour. With a number of big names absent from the event and a 13th place finish at the US PGA Championship, Grillo could be an outside shot for a medal.

Yet Grillo arrived in Brazil without his clubs as they were seemingly lost by American Airlines en route to Rio. Despite Grillo's home country Argentina neighbouring Brazil, he took to Twitter to explain a horrendous journey that included "delays, rerouting and 20+ phone calls".

"I am going to miss playing in Rio 2016 because they can't locate my clubs"

With no answers to boot, Grillo then added "seriously find me someone in JFK, MIA or São Paulo that can physically look for my bag and confirm where it is and send it". He then faced the reality of the situation further suggesting "I am going to miss playing in Rio 2016 because they can't locate my clubs", before adding an online poll for his followers to help suggest where his bag could have ended up.

Grillo is currently ranked number 39 in the world and has been drawn alongside Sergio Garcia and Patrick Reed for the opening two rounds of action. With the competition beginning on Thursday, the Argentine will be hoping that the situation is rectified in time for him to make his Olympic debut as gold returns to the Games for the first time since 1904.