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Saturday 30 August 2014

McDowell: I'm in the form of my life

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland on day one of the Volvo World Match Play Championship at Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort on May 16, 2013 in Kavarna, Bulgaria.  (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland on day one of the Volvo World Match Play Championship at Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort on May 16, 2013 in Kavarna, Bulgaria. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)
Graeme McDowell has won his first European Tour title since 2010
Graeme McDowell feels he has improved as a player since his US Open win three years ago

Graeme McDowell feels he is in the form of his life as he seeks some rare success at Wentworth this week and a second major title next month.

McDowell, who won the US Open at Pebble Beach in 2010, secured the Volvo World Match Play Championship by beating Thongchai Jaidee in the final at Thracian Cliffs in Bulgaria on Sunday. Coupled with his victory in the RBC Heritage last month, it means he is in top form ahead of this week's BMW PGA Championship and June's US Open at Merion.

"I've got one event now before the US Open. You could say I'm in the form of my life going into an event in which certainly my record kind of speaks for itself," said McDowell, who finished joint second at Olympic club last year, 14th in 2011, won in 2010 and was 18th in 2009.

"I feel like I'm a substantially better player than I was three years ago. I feel like I've learned a lot from this process that I've gone through the last two and a half years, winning the US Open, getting comfortable with deserving that US Open, getting comfortable with the player I was trying to become, acclimatising myself to being in the top 10, 20, 30 in the world, a new status in the game.

"Number one scrambler on the PGA Tour this year has been a telling stat. Last year I'll be the first to admit that my short game was not good and cost me probably the US Open (he finished one shot behind winner Webb Simpson).

"Hilton Head (for the RBC Heritage) was probably the best I've ever felt down the stretch in a golf tournament, just believing I can win.

"I'm feeling more experienced, I feel like I'm learning all the time. I'm comfortable on and off the golf course at the minute.

"I'm happy with what I'm doing technically, I'm certainly happy with what's ahead of me this year, getting married and settling down and doing all these good things in life which I feel adds to a stable mind on and off the course which has worked well for me this season."

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