Graeme McDowell's chances of playing in Carnoustie later this month were a huge success on Monday.
The 38-year-old North Irishman announced on Twitter that he had retired from the 36-hole British Open qualifier at St Annes Old Links because his golf clubs had been "abused" during his Air France flight from Paris to Manchester, England.
I officially withdrew from the rating of @TheOpen tomorrow at Old Anne's Links. I can not give 100% without my own equipment that has been mishandled by @AirFrance and I must turn my attention to @DDFIrishOpen this weekend. Thanks for all the support.
– Graeme McDowell (@ Graeme_McDowell) July 2, 2018
McDowell was coming from a T-37 at the French Open. The 2010 US Open champion had played in 11 consecutive British starts before not qualifying for the British Open last year at Royal Birkdale. He has two top 10 career in the oldest major championship of the game.
However, there is still hope that McDowell, now 175th in the world ranking, will make it to Carnoustie. It will be linked at the Irish Open this week, where the top three finishers who are not exempt will receive points on the British Open field this year.
Many of you want to know why I do not grab a set from the rack and give it my best shot at entering @TheOpen . Of course I could do this, but I would not be firing on all the cylinders and there are 6 spaces available for the next 2 weeks in @DDFIrishOpen and @ScottishOpen .
– Graeme McDowell (@Graeme_McDowell) July 2, 2018
Four British Open qualifiers will take place on Tuesday with three spots available at each site. The last qualification courses are St. Annes, The Renaissance Club, Notts Golf Club (Hollinwell) and Princes.