Graeme McDowell: Grinds out a decent first round at Irish Open

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Flew into Manchester last night from CDG and my golf clubs are untraceable. He'll peg it in this week's Irish Open, where the top three finishers not already exempt will receive spots in this year's British Open field. "They couldn't quite understand why I couldn't just go borrow a set of clubs and go shoot 65, 65 and qualify for The Open, which I could have done, I suppose".

One Twitter user suggested that McDowell rent clubs ahead of Tuesday's qualifier at St Anne's Old Links. You're in Nashville, but your bag could either still in Seattle, or lost in a black hole. "Of course I could do this, but wouldn't be firing on all cylinders".

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"We established they were in Paris on Monday, but couldn't establish when they were going to get to me", McDowell added. "Anyone that travels a lot, you know, you lose a suitcase from time to time, you lose a piece of luggage".

"Looking doubtful I will participate tomorrow at The Open qualifier". "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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The 38-year-old was due to take part in the qualifier at St Annes, near Blackpool, in an attempt to secure one of three Open Championship places among 72 players. Now, you're forced to buy clothes, call airline customer service every hour until you get an answer, then wait even longer for them to deliver you personal effects.

The 2018 Open Championship takes place at Carnoustie from July 19-22.

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