G-Mac relishing Open challenge


G-mac has been spurred by his finish in the French Open after a generally poor season (Photo by Gettyimages)

G-mac has been spurred on by his finish in the French Open after a generally poor season up (Photo by Gettyimages)

Graeme McDowell feels his game is coming together at the right time as he aims for glory at the Open Championship.

The 35-year-old has endured a poor season to date and has not recorded a top-10 finish since the Dubai Desert Classic at the start of the year.

A share of 26th at the RBC Heritage is his best effort since and the Northern Irishman missed three consecutive cuts before finishing in a tie for 31st at last week’s Scottish Open.

He has failed to trouble the top of the leaderboard for weeks on either side of the Atlantic but remains confident that St Andrews could be a course tailor-made for his game.

“I’d love to get my name on the Claret Jug and this is one of the venues where I think I could do it,” he said.

The 2010 US Open champion has a liking for links courses and does have a couple of Top 10s in the Open.

And the Ryder Cup ace is now hoping to take last week’s upward curve to the home of golf and the biggest challenge the sport can offer.

“I was decent last week, particularly in the first two rounds, and the confidence is coming back,” he added. “I feel like I am turning the corner. I’m starting to play better and I just need some results to back that up.

“It’s not been that good a season but this week could be a phenomenal week to turn things round.”

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