As if airlines haven't received enough bad publicity as of late, Graeme McDowell has become their next victim. After traveling with Air France en route to Manchester following the French Open last week, McDowell couldn't seem to find his most important piece of luggage.
Need assistance from @airfrance. Flew into Manchester last night from CDG and my golf clubs are untraceable. I have a 36 qualifier tomorrow for @TheOpen and really need my bag. Thanks in advance. #help— Graeme McDowell (@Graeme_McDowell) July 2, 2018
After receiving no help from the airlines customer service, McDowell continued to tweet at them practically begging for assistance, but wasn't finding any.
Clubs still not on way from Paris. Established that they are in the black hole known as CDG. @airfrance and @AirFranceUK have been very quiet on Twitter lately so no communication. Looking doubtful I will participate tomorrow @TheOpen qualifier.— Graeme McDowell (@Graeme_McDowell) July 2, 2018
I would LOSE MY MIND, if I were in McDowell's position here. Think about all the hard work these guys put in day in and day out to compete at a professional level. Then when it finally comes time to be able to earn a spot in one of the golf's most coveted majors, an outside party takes away your opportunity to do so.
After looking for so long, McDowell had to call it quits for St. Anne's.
I have officially withdrawn from @TheOpen qualifying tomorrow at St Anne’s Old Links. I cannot give 100% without my own equipment which has been mishandled by @AirFrance and must turn my attention to @DDFIrishOpen this weekend. Thanks for all the support.— Graeme McDowell (@Graeme_McDowell) July 2, 2018
On the eve of the qualifier no less too! Such an unlucky occurrence here and Air France has to make up for this in someway. Perhaps some free flights but if I'm McDowell, do I want to travel with them again? Probably not.
Fortunately for McDowell, he still has an opportunity to qualify as later this week he will be competing in the European Tour's Rolex Series event, where the top 3 players otherwise not exempt will earn a spot for The Open.
McDowell won the 2010 U.S. Open, and his PGA Tour exemption for winning the 2015 OHL Classic at Mayakoba expires next month. Last year, McDowell missed The Open for the first time since 2003. Let's hope he can put together a good score this week to earn a spot.
But to sum up how McDowell is feeling about Air France losing his clubs...
When it's this hot, keeping your cool is tough. pic.twitter.com/RG7hLUNkB0— Golf Channel (@GolfChannel) July 1, 2018