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How I can still win Irish Open at Ballyliffin, explains Graeme McDowell

And why his caddie might be secretly pleased with his second round 73

By Gareth Hanna

Graeme McDowell is adamant that he can still end up holding the Irish Open trophy at the end of the week.

The Portrush man sneaked through to the weekend at level par and sits eight shots behind leader Matthieu Pavon and Ryan Fox.

But, as he maintains 'there's a 63 or a 64 out there' on the par 72 Glashedy Links at Ballyliffin, he reckons a better performance off the tee could soon shoot him up the leaderboard.

"Being eight back going into a weekend - links golf, the weather can really be so changeable and the mornings have typically been a little softer and flat-calm and the afternoons, the wind can kick up," he said.

"In the mornings you can see yourself shoot up that leaderboard, so looking forward to getting back out there.

"I'm enjoying it. I'm not enjoying how I'm hitting it off the tee. Sprayed it all over the joint the last couple days, not even with driver, that's with 3-wood and 5-wood. I have to get those under control this weekend to have a chance to score and I feel like if you hit a lot of fairways, you can score. I really feel like my iron play is in great shape. I've just not given myself a chance -- you know, definitely room for improvement and I certainly feel like the putter can heat up a little bit this week."

There is also the possibility that Graeme has everything perfectly mapped out, even a slack second round 73 (+1) to look after his staff.

"I've got an English caddie so he's very, very happy," G Mac joked. "He said to me, were you thinking about getting me an early tee time with a 3 o'clock kickoff. I said, try my best to look after you."

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