Graeme McDowell explains why he skipped Open qualifier following ‘lost clubs’ fiasco

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Graeme McDowell was in danger of getting off to a poor start in his bid for a first win since 2015, but birdied three of his last six holes to finish one under at Thursday's first round of the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open Championship.

"Flew into Manchester last night from Charles de Gaulle (Airport) and my golf clubs are untraceable", he wrote on Twitter. McDowell said he could not give a 100 percent performance without his own equipment. "Anyone that travels a lot, you know, you lose a suitcase from time to time, you lose a piece of luggage".

G-Mac still had no idea where his clubs were on Monday night so he withdrew from the tournament in order to concentrate on trying to qualify this weekend at the Irish Open instead.

"We established they were in Paris on Monday, but couldn't establish when they were going to get to me". "I'm certainly not any more important than the next person who has lost a bag, just happens to impact my livelihood this week".

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Rathmore man McDowell's clubs were misplaced by his airline as he travelled from Paris to Manchester for the event, meaning his chances of making the third Major of the year have decreased.

"It was really the power of social media in the end", McDowell said.

"Thankfully I was able to tweet that out there, look for help and gain momentum and got it sorted out". "Once I see my clubs tomorrow morning, mentally I'm in prepare mode for the Irish Open". 72 players are due to take part with three spots at Carnoustie later this month up for grabs.

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