Graeme McDowell getting his groove back

Graeme McDowell getting his groove back

After seriously considering retirement last year, Graeme McDowell is getting back into the groove after coming back from three-over after nine to card a 72 and tie for 16th on three-under par at the US Open at Pebble Beach, California.

He told the media “The whole week has been a grind, I didn’t have my best stuff today, but I was really proud of the way I hung in there that back nine. I made a big mistake on nine, hit a big a double cross, hit the path and made double. From there, it was always going to be a tough day. 

“The golf course was just a tad long for me this week. It was cold, not much run on the fairways, and it’s no surprise to see guys like Woodland and Koepka up there because you had to move it off the tee this week.

“It helped if you could get it down there fairway and attack these greens with some shorters irons. All in all, good progress. I continued the rebuild and saw good stuff this week, so I’m very happy.”

McDowell has made a fantastic comeback in recent months. The Portrush man has moved up 168 places since March, his ranking is now 89th in the World. He has not missed a cut in his last 13 events, a run that dates back to November last year. The former World No 4,  has shown great tenacity in the face of adversity and has proved it is possible to pull yourself back from the brink.

He won earlier this year at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship which earned him his Tour card for another two years. It was his first win in four years and a couple of weeks back when he finished eighth at RBC Canadian Open. His recent run of good form saw him finally secure qualification for the Open Championship in his hometown of Portrush next month. An event which he helped bring to Northern Ireland and would not be the same without him.

McDowell told the media of intention to continue to challenge for titles this year saying “”The rebuild is getting myself back up there in the world rankings and being competitive on a week to week basis again,”.

“I feel like I’m 25 or 30 again trying to get myself back up the rankings. I’ve done it once and maybe didn’t appreciate it because when was there because when it went away, I missed that a lot. 

“The rebuild is about getting back to being one of the top players in the world, and I feel like I can be up there competing against them more often.

“I appreciate it more than I ever did. When I was down there at 250th, 270th in the world, I knew what it meant to be top 100, top 50, top 20 in the world. It’s a big deal. It requires consistency and great golf, and I am very proud of myself the way I have ground the last six months especially.”

McDowell turns forty next month but there is certainly life in the old dog yet!

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