Irish Open: Home comforts keep McDowell in touch with his roots
Graeme McDowell hopes the ultimate in home comforts can help him find the missing piece of the jigsaw in the £5.4million Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart.
McDowell, born just a few miles away in Portrush, is staying in his parents' home this week, a house he bought for them after winning his first European Tour title in 2002.
The former US Open champion is one of the few players in the star-studded field to have any significant experience of Portstewart, with the front nine of the course being designed by one of his former maths teachers.
"Portstewart is a golf course that I played a lot as a kid," said the World No. 100.
"We used to play a lot of our school's matches here and I think one of my maths teachers actually designed the front nine about 30 years ago. I've got a lot of good memories here and it's just great to be back on the north coast and showcasing what we have in this part of the world."