Graeme McDowell WDs from British Open qualifier after airline loses clubs

Heather Diaz
July 7, 2018

McDowell had hoped to secure one of three spots for The Open, which this year takes place at Carnoustie, at an event at St Anne's featuring a 72-strong field featuring primarily low-ranked players. I've been playing well but not getting it done.

Cape Town - Graeme McDowell has been forced to withdraw from a Open Championship qualifying event on Tuesday after his clubs were lost while returning from competing at the French Open.

"Flew into Manchester last night from Charles de Gaulle (Airport) and my golf clubs are untraceable", he wrote on Twitter.

"I was able to flick the switch and start thinking about the Irish Open on Tuesday morning when I spoke to someone at Air France who was willing to physically go and locate my clubs". Like I say, they look busy, they seem to have a bit of a baggage handling crisis going on in Paris right now, so I just got caught in a storm.

But McDowell explained why, even though he could have borrowed a set of clubs for the day, he felt the better course of action was to head across the water and get set up at Ballyliffin instead.

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It is with a heavy heart that I'm announcing that I'll be withdrawing from Wimbledon this year. "It's been a long time coming". As the third tennis tournament of the year kick-starts, defending champion, Roger Federer claimed same old dominance.

"The main point was it wasn't my last chance saloon". I have a 36 qualifier tomorrow for @TheOpen and really need my bag.

However, Air France lost his golf clubs along the way, and McDowell eventually had to pull out of the qualifier at St. Annes.

"I've got to get my focus right for this week".

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