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Saturday 19 April 2014

Confident Graeme McDowell says his experience will be key in The Open

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 07:  Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland with his caddy Ken Comboy during the final round of the Alstom Open de France at Le Golf National on July 7, 2013 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 07: Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland with his caddy Ken Comboy during the final round of the Alstom Open de France at Le Golf National on July 7, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Rory  McIlroy might be rudderless and adrift on a sea of doubt right now but Graeme McDowell has the wind in his sails as he seeks to match fellow Rathmore man Fred Daly and lift the Claret Jug.

Buoyed by three victories already this season, world No 6 McDowell will tee it up at Muirfield in the 142nd Open Championship ready to draw on a decade of Major experience.

What’s more important for the 2010 US Open champion is that he’s prepared to accept any disappointments that come his way and wait for his chance to use his experience to claim that second major title.

“The way you take the pressure off yourself, I suppose, is by looking at the bigger picture and realising that it's not life or death,” said McDowell, who has won three times and missed five cuts in his last eight starts. “It's just golf. It's just sport.

“And, yes, it hurts and, yes, you're nervous and it's disappointing. There's more disappointments in this game than there are successes.

“And I feel like I have learned to understand, to keep an open mind, to kind of accept what this game throws at me and learn from my tough experiences and just try and put that back into the greater improvement that I'm on."

Read the full interview only in tomorrow's Sunday Life.

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