McDowell misses Open qualifier after airline loses his clubs

Ireland’s Graeme McDowell was forced to skip a British Open qualifier on Tuesday after an airline lost his golf clubs.

“I have officially withdrawn from @TheOpen qualifying tomorrow at St Anne’s Old Links. I cannot give 100% without my own equipment which has been mishandled by @AirFrance and must turn my attention to @DDFIrishOpen this weekend. Thanks for all the support,” he tweeted on Monday.

McDowell was scheduled to play a 36-hole qualifier at St. Annes Old Links Golf Club.

He had flown in to Manchester, England from Paris on Air France, but his bag had been left behind.

The airline told USA Today it had found the bag and was in the process of returning it.

“Air France confirms that Mr. McDowell’s golf bag has been located at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport and will be flown to Dublin this evening, in line with the passenger’s wishes,” the airline’s statement said. “The company regrets the inconvenience faced by Mr. McDowell in Manchester and remains committed to improving our processes to ensure the best customer care.”

McDowell is turning his attention to the Irish Open this weekend, which awards three spots in the Open.

“Lots of you wanting to know why I don’t grab a set off the rack and give it my best shot to get in @TheOpen. Of course I could do this, but wouldn’t be firing on all cylinders and there are 6 spots up for grabs next 2 weeks at @DDFIrishOpen and @ScottishOpen,” McDowell explained in a follow-up tweet.

–Field Level Media

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