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Graeme McDowell's golf clubs have gone missing a day before Open Championship qualifying

By Gareth Hanna

Graeme McDowell has a massive week coming up but it hasn't exactly started off in promising fashion.

The world number 175 is in England for 36 holes of Open Championship qualifying tomorrow before the highly anticipated Irish Open gets under way at Ballyliffin on Thursday.

McDowell had been playing in last week's HNA Open de France, where he finished in a tie for 37th, missing out on one of the three Open Championship places up for grabs.

That means the 2010 US Open winner will tee off on Tuesday in the hope of securing a spot at this year's third major, due to take place at Carnoustie from July 19-22.

And just a day before, his clubs have gone AWOL.

McDowell travelled from Charles de Gaulle airport to Manchester eager to get his head down for the 36 hole marathon on Tuesday and that's where things have got a little complicated.

He has been forced to take to twitter for assistance when his clubs proved 'untraceable' in Manchester airport:

There are four Open Championship qualifying events on Tuesday with three places on offer at each venue. Fellow Northern Irishmen Michael Hoey and Reeve Whitson bidding for qualification at Notts Golf Club while Ballymena's Dermot McElroy will play for his place at The Renaissance Club, North Berwick.

If things don't go well on Tuesday, there are three places up for grabs at both this week's Irish Open and next week's Scottish Open for non-exempt players finishing in the top 10.

Last year, Michael Hoey was forced to withdraw at the halfway stage of the European Tour's Made in Denmark event. After thinking he had missed the cut, he flew from Aalborg to Amsterdam and there discovered that a bogey from James Heath on the 18th hole moved the cut-mark, allowing Hoey through to the weekend. However, his clubs were mislaid and his tournament was over.

He tweeted: "Home after a nightmare 24hrs, left Aalborg for Amsterdam, arrived, watched scores, made cut. KLM lost my clubs, missed flights back. Couldn't get private jet, train, car or any other way back so came home! At least I found my clubs this morning at Schiphol #silverlinings."

Air France and KLM merged in 2004 to form the holding company Air France–KLM.

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