Graeme McDowell pulls out of The Open qualifying after losing clubs

Graeme McDowell

Graeme McDowell

McDowell flew from Paris to Manchester on Sunday night after playing the French Open.

Graeme McDowell is confident he can put the saga of his missing clubs behind him in order to qualify for the Open Championship. McDowell is set to compete in the Irish Open later this week and the Scottish Open next week - both of which offer qualification spots for the leading non-exempt players who finish in the top-10.

So, after a day of frustration, McDowell cut his losses and withdrew from the qualifier.

The 38-year-old Northern Irishman announced on Twitter that he had withdrawn from Tuesday's 36-hole British Open qualifier at St. Annes Old Links because his golf clubs had been "mishandled" during his Air France flight from Paris to Manchester, England.

'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.

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Church secretary Roy Collins said about 200 people were at the neighborhood event, but "nobody else has suffered any ill-effects". Wiltshire Police said further tests on the substance were being carried out in a bid to identify it.

Four British Open qualifiers will take place Tuesday with three spots available at each site.

The former world No 4 McDowell, now ranked 175, said he has now chose to wait for Thursday's Irish Open and next week's Scottish Open, providing his clubs are found in time.

The Portrush man 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.

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