Graeme McDowell Withdraws From British Open Qualifier After Airline Loses Clubs
Without exemption into the British Open, Graeme McDowell needed to qualify for the 3rd major of the year. Something he was set to do today, that is until the airline he flew lost his clubs.
McDowell was set to fly in Sunday, a couple days early for his Tuesday qualifier. When he landed, he realized that his clubs didn't. Yesterday, he sent out a plea to the airline looking for help with his clubs:
Need assistance from @airfrance. Flew into Manchester last night from CDG and my golf clubs are untraceable. I have a 36 qualifier tomorrow for @TheOpen and really need my bag. Thanks in advance. #help— Graeme McDowell (@Graeme_McDowell) July 2, 2018
Clubs still not on way from Paris. Established that they are in the black hole known as CDG. @airfrance and @AirFranceUK have been very quiet on Twitter lately so no communication. Looking doubtful I will participate tomorrow @TheOpen qualifier.— Graeme McDowell (@Graeme_McDowell) July 2, 2018
He gave up the fight last night after getting nowhere:
I have officially withdrawn from @TheOpen qualifying tomorrow at St Anne’s Old Links.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.— Graeme McDowell (@Graeme_McDowell) July 2, 2018
Talk about calm, cool, and collected. If that was me, I would have been a total rage monster demanding my clubs to be found. GMac probably could have played with a set right off the shelf, but your clubs are your clubs and you know exactly how far you hit each club. Graeme addressed that very thought process:
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.— Graeme McDowell (@Graeme_McDowell) July 2, 2018
This is why I am terrified to fly with my clubs, I would really consider buying a seat for my clubs and letting them ride next to me the whole way down. Why not? Graeme bit the bullet and decided to forgo the qualifier and will attempt to get in via the Scottish Open and the Irish Open.
Best of luck, hate to see that happen to anyone. Hopefully he gets his sticks back.
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