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Huge lift:
Graeme
McDowell
with the Saudi
International
trophy

Huge lift: Graeme McDowell with the Saudi International trophy

AP

Huge lift: Graeme McDowell with the Saudi International trophy

Graeme McDowell put himself firmly in the frame for a Ryder Cup return after a battling victory in the Saudi International.

McDowell began the final round with a one-shot lead and a closing level-par 70 in tough scoring conditions at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club was enough to seal a first European Tour title since 2014.

The win is set to lift McDowell from 104th in the world rankings to back inside the top 50, less than a year after the 2010 US Open champion found himself a lowly 257th.

Emotional Portrush ace McDowell fought back tears and said: "It's tough to win on a course that doesn't fit your eye but this is a sweet one. If my kids are watching I love you guys, and my wife obviously. I can't wait to get home and see them. A big goal this year was to be back in the top 50, it's come a little faster than I expected."

Belfast Telegraph