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Sunday 21 December 2014

McDowell eager to bounce back

Graeme McDowell is determined to end the long wait for an Irish winner at the Irish Open
Graeme McDowell is determined to end the long wait for an Irish winner at the Irish Open

Graeme McDowell will attempt to put his US Open nightmare behind him by ticking an item off his golfing "bucket list" this week.

McDowell was among the favourites at Merion a fortnight ago given his two tournament victories this year and superb US Open record - he was second last year after his victory in 2010 - but missed the cut after rounds of 76 and 77.

However, the 33-year-old has the ideal opportunity to bounce back in the Irish Open at Carton House this week and he said: "There's no doubt the Irish Open is on my golfing bucket list, it's an event that I've never really competed in. It's an event I would love to win and I would love to add it to my CV."

He added: "To win your national Open is a very special win in a player's heart. It's been almost 70 years since a Northern Irish player has won this event (Fred Daly in 1946). That's a stat we would love to change this weekend.

"There's no doubt I would love to win this one. It's certainly one I'll be giving 100 per cent to this week.

"It kicks off a very busy summer of golf for me and Merion has done nothing but motivate me and make me more hungry for being in the mix come the weekend. I'm ready to go this week and I'm looking forward to it."

Fellow Irishmen Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke, Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley will also be among the field when the competition starts on Thursday.

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