Porsche European Open: Graeme McDowell out to ‘resurrect’ his season
Graeme McDowell is hoping this week’s Porsche European Open will help ‘resurrect’ his 2015 season, as the former US Open Champion returns to action following a five week break.
The US-based Portrush man has not played since the US PGA Championship and has had a difficult campaign to date by his high standards, with only one top ten finish on The European Tour – a share of ninth position in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
But with a busy end of season run of events coming up, the Ryder Cup star is looking to kick-start his year at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach, with the European Open returning the European Tour International Schedule for the first time since 2009.
McDowell is making his ninth appearance in the event, his best finishing being a share of third place in 2008, but that is still some way behind Germany’s Bernhard Langer, who is making is competing for the 20th time, having contested the event’s first edition in 1978.
Langer has won the title twice, in 1985 and 1995, and as well as home support, the two-time Masters Champion possesses an intimate knowledge of the Beckenbauer course, having co-designed it in 2002.
Also in the field is American Hunter Mahan, who will be hoping to history repeats itself. When the tournament was first launched 37 year ago it was an American, Bobby Wadkins, who claimed the title, with compatriot Tom Kite following him onto the roll of honour in 1980.
McDowell said: “I’ve always love coming back to Germany and the European Open is a prestigious event. There are some great names on the trophy. I’m very happy to be here and I’m looking to resurrect my season, and this week is as important for me as any of the past few months have been.
“It’s been a very average year. Missing the (Fed-Ex Cup) play-offs has given me chance to hit the reset button. I wanted to play a bit better at Firestone into Whistling, but I felt under pressure, playing with a gun to my head and needing it too much. I took some time off and hit the reset button, so I’m starting my 2016 campaign this week and my Ryder Cup campaign.
"I want to drive myself forward and get myself where I feel I belong. Golf is a tough game sometimes and I has felt more difficult this year for me than it has in the past. But it makes you appreciate the good times in the past and I’m looking forward to good times ahead. ”
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