Twelve months ago Graeme McDowell tossed a quote around in his head again and again. He was still going over it in his mind at the Honda Classic in March, scene of his most recent top-10 finish in strokeplay event.
“I remember reading Michael Campbell’s quote when he said that no one actually ever tells you how to get back down from the peak of Everest when you have climbed to the summit,” McDowell said when asked how he’d deal with being a Major winner.
“A lot of people die on the way back down. I remember that kind of hitting home.”
No-one wants to be classed as a one-hit wonder but McDowell, who has slipped from sixth to 13th in the world since the end of last season, has undoubtedly struggled to come to terms with his own high expectations since his US Open victory and subsequent heroics.
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