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Irish Open: Home comforts keep McDowell in touch with his roots

 

By Phil Casey

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."

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