Graeme McDowell pulls out of Open Championship qualifier

Last Updated July 03 2018, 07:39Golf
Graeme McDowell
Graeme McDowell

Graeme McDowell has pulled out of Tuesday's Open Championship qualifier after his clubs were lost following a flight from France.

McDowell had been scheduled to compete for a place at Carnoustie in qualifying at St Anne's, with 72 players set to contest the three available spots.

But the 2010 US Open champion's clubs went missing after he flew in to Manchester following his tied 37th-placed finish at the French Open on Sunday.

And, having had no luck in his attempts to locate them, the 38-year-old has opted to turn his attention to this week's Irish Open at Ballyliffin, which begins on Thursday and also offers a chance to qualify for the Open.

He said on Twitter: "I have officially withdrawn from @TheOpen qualifying tomorrow at St Anne's Old Links.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.

"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 had earlier tweeted he had established his clubs were "in the black hole known as CDG (Charles de Gaulle airport)."

The Northern Irishman was ranked fourth in the world at the start of 2011, six months after his stunning US Open triumph at Pebble Beach.

But McDowell has dropped to 175th in the world rankings after several lean seasons and is danger of missing the 147th Open Championship to be held on the Angus course from July 19-22.

Related links

Most Read

Luka Modric (left) collects his World Cup Golden Boot award, while Kylian Mbappe wins young player of the tournament1

66/1 Modric wins Golden Ball

He may not be getting his hands on the World Cup trophy, but Luka Modric was the recipient of the tournament's Golden Ball award.

France captain Hugo Lloris lifts the World Cup trophy2

France win 2018 World Cup

France are world champions for the second time after beating Croatia 4-2 in a thrilling World Cup final in Moscow.

Check out the rumours in today's papers3

Sunday Paper Talk

Real Madrid are ready to break the world record with a £200m bid for Eden Hazard after the Chelsea forward hinted his time at Stamford Bridge might soon come to an end.

Check out our free horse racing selections and preview for today's action4

Monday's racing preview

Anita Chambers fancies Airshow at Windsor and she has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.

Brandon Stone with the biggest title of his career5

Stone shoots 60 for Scotland shock

South African youngster Brandon Stone produced one of the biggest shocks in European Tour history to win the Scottish Open.

Most Read

Luka Modric (left) collects his World Cup Golden Boot award, while Kylian Mbappe wins young player of the tournament1

66/1 Modric wins Golden Ball

He may not be getting his hands on the World Cup trophy, but Luka Modric was the recipient of the tournament's Golden Ball award.

France captain Hugo Lloris lifts the World Cup trophy2

France win 2018 World Cup

France are world champions for the second time after beating Croatia 4-2 in a thrilling World Cup final in Moscow.

Check out the rumours in today's papers3

Sunday Paper Talk

Real Madrid are ready to break the world record with a £200m bid for Eden Hazard after the Chelsea forward hinted his time at Stamford Bridge might soon come to an end.

Check out our free horse racing selections and preview for today's action4

Monday's racing preview

Anita Chambers fancies Airshow at Windsor and she has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.

Brandon Stone with the biggest title of his career5

Stone shoots 60 for Scotland shock

South African youngster Brandon Stone produced one of the biggest shocks in European Tour history to win the Scottish Open.

Racing Tips

Check out our free horse racing selections and preview for today's action

Monday's racing preview

Anita Chambers fancies Airshow at Windsor and she has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.

Find out who our team are backing ahead of today's racing

Sporting Life: Daily Nap

Richard Mann previews Monday's action with the Sporting Life Daily Nap running at Ayr for Sir Mark Prescott.

Get your bets on!

Our best bets

Check out all of our available betting tips and previews of the forthcoming sporting action.

Next Race Off
22:15 Sacramento
5
(5)
Fast Patsy B
J: Chester Bonnet
2
(2)
Price Check
J: Luis Godoy

Football Tips

Neymar in action for Brazil against Serbia

Sporting Life: Tipping record

A look at how the Sporting Life recommended bets have performed in July 2018.

Get your bets on!

Our best bets

Check out all of our available betting tips and previews of the forthcoming sporting action.

We have two best bets for the World Cup final

World Cup final betting tips

There's a David v Goliath battle in the World Cup final but will France prove just one game too far for Croatia? Paul Higham has two best bets.