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After Lost Clubs, Graeme McDowell Seeks Carnoustie via Scotland

Somehow separated from his clubs on his flight from France to the UK, Graeme McDowell opted to withdraw from Open Championship local qualifying than play with a rented set.

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Graeme McDowell promotes tickets going on sale for The 148th Open at Royal Portrush Golf Club, July 14-21, 2019 in his native country of Northern Ireland. Credit: Charles McQuillan/R&A via Getty Images

“Terrible time of the year for holiday makers losing bags,” McDowell posted to Twitter. “I’m certainly not any more important than the next person who has lost a bag, just happens to impact my livelihood this week. Customer service is so frustrating in this case for everyone.”

With six slots to be filled from the Irish and Scottish Opens, McDowell said he’d roll the dice that way.

“Have to start switching my brain to @DDFIrishOpen. @TheOpen spots there also,” McDowell wrote in part of another tweet.

McDowell, the winner of the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, fell well short at Ballyliffin, with Ryan Fox, Andy Sullivan and Zander Lombard booking places.

Now it’s down to one week and three slots.

Over at The Greenbrier, four tickets were punched by Kelly Kraft, Brandt Snedeker, Jason Kokrak and Austin Cook. One slot remains available via the John Deere Classic.

Retief Goosen did earn a berth via local qualifying, grabbing the last of three slots awarded at Prince’s.

Jeff Shain

Jeff is a contributor to Pro Golf Weekly. He is the managing editor of Prime Sports, and a weekly contributor to PGATour.com. As a member of the Golf Writer's Association of America, Jeff has covered golf for nearly two decades, including stops at the Orlando Sentinel, Miami Herald and The Island Packet in South Carolina.

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