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G-Mac wants a repeat

By Phil Casey

It's looking like a case of deja vu for Graeme McDowell who admits that he's disappointed to be outside of the world's top 50 as he looks to defend his crown in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba.

Portrush ace G-Mac went into last year's event in Mexico without a top-10 finish since his opening event of the year and ranked 85th in the world, but took victory in a three-man play-off.

The former US Open champion followed that with third place in the RSM Classic to move up to 53rd in the rankings.

However, the 37-year-old returns to Playa del Carmen just four places higher in the rankings than last year and in need of more good results to book a place in next year's Masters.

"It was a very important victory last season," McDowell - who will play the first two rounds with Charley Hoffman and Russell Knox - said. "It opened up nice doors and put me in good position in the FedEx Cup points.

"This time of the year is becoming important for the PGA Tour. The win last year was very special and I'd love to repeat it. It was great to re-confirm I can still compete at the highest level. I'm disappointed I haven't kicked on but this year's been a funny one."

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