McDowell withdraws from Open qualifying as Air France loses his clubs

Graeme McDowell withdraws from his Open Championship qualifier at St Anne's Old Links. 

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Tue, 3 Jul 2018
Graeme McDowell in race against time for airline to find golf clubs


Graeme McDowell has withdrawn from his marathon 36-hole Open Championship qualifier today after Air France lost his golf clubs on the way back from the Open de France on Sunday. 


McDowell jumped aboard an Air France flight back to Manchester after finishing in a tie for 37th at the Open de France at Le Golf National, venue for the Ryder Cup in less than three months time where the Northern Irishman will serve as one of Thomas Bjorn's assistant captains.

With still no sign of his clubs late Monday evening and with his home Irish Open starting on Thursday, the world number 175 confirmed his withdrawal from Open qualifying due to "not being able to give 100% without his own clubs. 







McDowell will have another shot at qualifying for the Open Championship at Carnoustie if he can earn one of the three spots for non-exempt players at both the Irish Open and Scottish Open.