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Saturday 27 December 2014

US Open champion Graeme McDowell takes time out to recharge his batteries

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland hits a shot during practice for the 139th Open Championship on the Old Course, St Andrews on July 13, 2010
Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland hits a shot during practice for the 139th Open Championship on the Old Course, St Andrews on July 13, 2010
Graeme McDowell with his 'rock' caddie Ken Comboy
Graeme McDowell will hope to steer clear of water hazards like this at Loch Lomond
Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland signs autographs during the second round of The JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am event at the Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort on July 6, 2010 in Limerick
JP McManus (left) presents Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland with a special trophy to mark his US Open victory after the first round of The JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am event at the Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort on July 5, 2010 in Limerick
JP McManus (right) holds the US Open trophy after presenting Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland (left) with a special trophy to mark his US Open victory after the first round of The JP McManus Invitational Pro-Am event at the Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort on July 5, 2010 in Limerick
Graeme McDowell
Graeme McDowell's mum couldn't travel to see his win or homecoming
The mock-up of the tribute to Graeme McDowell
Ryder Cup hopes: Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell
Graeme McDowell holds up the trophy after winning the U.S. Open golf tournament
New US Open champion Graeme McDowell speaks during a press conference at Rathmore Golf Club in Portrush
Graeme McDowell arrives back in Portrush after his triumph at the US Open
Graeme McDowell's after party at the Ramore Wine Bar
Graeme McDowell arrives back in Portrush after his triumph at the US Open
Graeme McDowell's after party at the Ramore Wine Bar
Graeme McDowell arrives back in Portrush after his triumph at the US Open
Graeme McDowell's after party at the Ramore Wine Bar
Graeme McDowell's after party at the Ramore Wine Bar
Graeme McDowell arrives back in Portrush after his triumph at the US Open
Graeme McDowell arrives back in Portrush after his triumph at the US Open
Graeme McDowell arrives back in Portrush after his triumph at the US Open
Graeme McDowell arrives back in Portrush after his triumph at the US Open
Graeme McDowell arrives back in Portrush after his triumph at the US Open
Graeme McDowell arrives back in Portrush after his triumph at the US Open
Graeme McDowell arrives back in Portrush after his triumph at the US Open
Graeme McDowell arrives back in Portrush after his triumph at the US Open
Graeme McDowell arrives back in Portrush after his triumph at the US Open
Graeme McDowell arrives back in Portrush after his triumph at the US Open

US Open champion Graeme McDowell is gearing up for a shot at winning his second major in two months, bidding to become European number one and making another Ryder Cup appearance — but needs a break first.

The Ulsterman, who turns 31 in just under two weeks, has spent plenty of time enjoying his surprise win at Pebble Beach in June.

He admitted it had not been the best preparation for last week's Open but, after finishing in a share of 23rd at St Andrews, alongside off-form 14-time major winner Tiger Woods, he plans to draw a line under his celebrations.

After after a well-deserved week off he hopes to return refreshed and ease himself back into things at the Irish Open before travelling to the United States to challenge at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and the US PGA Championship, the final major of the year, at Whistling Straits.

“ I need to reset, rest up and get ready for a big three weeks and a big end of the season,” he said.

“I'm not going to do much this week, lay low and maybe hit the odd ball at Portrush but I've a lot of rest planned to recharge the batteries.

“The Open was maybe a week too soon.

“I'm very much looking forward to the Irish Open at Killarney and then moving on to Firestone and then the US PGA.”

McDowell's US Open success guaranteed him a place in Colin Montgomerie's European team and a second successive Ryder Cup appearance.

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