Former US Open champion Graeme McDowell believes he can regain his best form but admits he needs to be patient.
The Northern Irishman, who has won just the one major in his career when he secured the US Open title in 2010, has slipped down to 91st in the world.
The 37-year-old has recently been focusing on family matters and, while he says it has been a worthwhile personal distraction, he admits his golf has suffered.
However, McDowell is determined to get back to his best and move up the rankings, although he admits hard work and patience will be key.
“It has not been the kind of few years that I expect from myself,” McDowell said. “There’s no doubt that there have been some factors outside of golf which have definitely been distracting and I wouldn’t change it for the world. Having a family is something I’ve always wanted.
“Coming to the start of the next few years, I’ve tried to view it as a long road back toward the top of the game. That’s where I want to be again, give myself chances to win major championships again. I know I’ve got a lot of things to work on.
“I’ve just been rededicating myself the last six or eight months and mentally I think it’s really, really important that I stay super-patient with it. It may not happen this week and it may not happen next week. But if I keep doing the things that I know that are going to make me the best I can be, eventually it will come.”
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