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Graeme McDowell has eye on Open glory

Published 08/07/2016

INVERNESS, SCOTLAND - JULY 06: Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland watches his 2nd shot on the 1st hole during a pro-am round ahead of the AAM Scottish Open at Castle Stuart Golf Links on July 6, 2016 in Inverness, Scotland. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
INVERNESS, SCOTLAND - JULY 06: Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland watches his 2nd shot on the 1st hole during a pro-am round ahead of the AAM Scottish Open at Castle Stuart Golf Links on July 6, 2016 in Inverness, Scotland. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Graeme McDowell says he's happy with his form ahead of the Open at Troon next week after a promising first round at the Scottish Open.

The Ulsterman shot a two-under 70 to sit one off the lead, shared by Felipe Aguilar and Scott Hend, at Castle Stuart.

McDowell's round consisted of four birdies and two bogeys as the Rathmore man returned to his roots on the links in Inverness.

"I'm really happy with my round - it was a real battle out there at times," commented the 36-year old.

"It would be great for my confidence to play well here.

"It's been a funny year for me. It has looked volatile from a results point of view but I've felt I've played better than that. I'm just trying to stay relaxed and enjoy it," added the 2010 US Open champion.

McDowell's fellow Ulsterman Michael Hoey went round in a two-over 74.

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