Graeme McDowell lost his clubs on a flight ahead of the British Open qualifier on Tuesday. Photo: Alonso Cupul/EPA

LONDON – Former U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell said he is looking for assistance from Air France after losing his clubs on a flight ahead of the British Open qualifier on Tuesday.

The 38-year-old from Northern Ireland travelled from Charles de Gaulle airport to Manchester for a 36-hole qualifier at St Annes near Blackpool, bidding for a spot at this year's third major at Carnoustie.

“Flew into Manchester last night from Charles de Gaulle (Airport) and my golf clubs are untraceable,” McDowell, the 2010 U.S. Open winner, said on Twitter. “I have a 36 (hole) qualifier for the Open and really need my bag in advance. Help.”

McDowell is then scheduled to compete at the Irish Open, which begins on Thursday.

He said he might cut his losses and focus on the event in County Donegal.

“Clubs still not on way from Paris. Established that they are in the black hole known as CDG,” McDowell tweeted. “Looking doubtful I will participate tomorrow @TheOpen qualifier.”

“Have to start switching my brain to DDFIrishOpen. @TheOpen spots there also. Still need clubs!!!,” he said.

The 147th Open begins on July 19.