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Graeme McDowell back-up plan if French bid doesn’t yield Open spot

Graeme McDowell
Graeme McDowell

By Brian Keogh

Graeme McDowell has entered Final Qualifying for The Open next Tuesday in case he fails to grab one of three places available at this week’s Open de France.

The Portrush star (38) is targeting three spots on offer at Le Golf National and, having won twice in Paris, he has every reason to feel confident.

If he doesn’t make it, his entry for Final Qualifying means he can try to make it to Carnoustie at Lytham Saint Annes, where there are another three spots on offer.

It’s not definite that G-Mac will disrupt his plans for next week’s Irish Open, where there will also be three Open places on offer, by going to Lancashire.

Meanwhile, McDowell is also keen to continue his strong recent form and forget about the fact he’s outside the top 125 positions in the FedEx Cup, who will all keep their PGA Tour cards.

“That 125 thing, it is not do or die for me,” McDowell said at the US Open a few weeks ago. “I have plenty of things to do if I were to lose my card. I could go back to Europe, get a few starts here. It wouldn’t be the end of my life.”

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