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McDowell focused on Ryder Cup spot

Ryder Cup hero Graeme McDowell believes he faces a tough task to book his place on Europe's team to defend the trophy in Chicago next year.

McDowell, who secured the winning point at Celtic Manor 12 months ago, said: "For a guy who has been struggling for a little bit of motivation, somehow when the Ryder Cup qualifying went off a few weeks back it gets your attention, starts you focusing and helps you build toward something.

"I have a huge amount of respect for Ollie (Europe captain Jose Maria Olazabal) and I want to be part of that Ryder Cup team very badly because I think he's going to be an unbelievable captain and it's going to be a great experience that week. And I think it's going to be one of the hardest-fought Ryder Cup teams to be a part of - I know how well I'm going to have to play to be on the team and it's given me a lot of focus."

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