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The Open 2015: Graeme McDowell says his game has turned around

By Liam Kelly

Published 15/07/2015

Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell gestures on the 3rd green during a practice round on The Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland, on July 14, 2015, ahead of The 2015 Open Golf Championship which runs July 16-19. US golfer Jordan Spieth arrives at St Andrews with a shot at becoming just the second man - after Ben Hogan in 1953 - to win the first three majors of the year, setting up the mouthwatering prospect of him pulling off the Grand Slam at the PGA Championship next month. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALLBEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images
Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell gestures on the 3rd green during a practice round on The Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland, on July 14, 2015, ahead of The 2015 Open Golf Championship which runs July 16-19. US golfer Jordan Spieth arrives at St Andrews with a shot at becoming just the second man - after Ben Hogan in 1953 - to win the first three majors of the year, setting up the mouthwatering prospect of him pulling off the Grand Slam at the PGA Championship next month. AFP PHOTO / BEN STANSALLBEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

Graeme McDowell intends to shine at the Open this week after revealing the moment he saw the light... in golfing terms.

The Portrush man has had one of the most frustrating seasons of his career, but believes he has now sorted out the problems and is ready to compete on the big stage again.

After missing the cut at the French Open earlier this month, the 2010 US Open champion and long serving caddie Ken Conboy ironed out technical issues which helped G-Mac to perform well at last week's Scottish Open.

"I made good use of my weekend off from missing the cut at the French," explained McDowell.

"I came up to Scotland with the family and it was out at St Andrews on the Saturday that Kenny and I worked a few things out as regards technique, and what we need to do about it. That was kind of a light switch moment.

"I hit it really well Saturday, hit it really well that Sunday. I had a day off back in Portrush with the family on the Monday and everything looked good.

"The golf ball was doing what I wanted it to do for a change, which was nice, and hence I wanted to get to the next shot rather than thinking 'here we go again'."

With Rory McIlroy injured and unable to defend his Open title at St Andrews this week, Northern Ireland golf fans will hope that McDowell and 2011 Open champion Darren Clarke give them something to cheer.

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