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McDowell targets Open double

By Graham Luney

Graeme McDowell may be basking in the glory of his US Open triumph - but he says his golfing fairytale is only just beginning.

After winning his first Major title this week at Pebble Beach, the Portrush man is now switching his sights to another cherished win in the Open Championship at St Andrews.

The Home of Golf will be another inspiration to the Ulsterman as he shot a 62 on the Old Course at the 2004 Dunhill Links Championship and finished tied for 11th at the 2005 Open.

“St Andrews has been a course that's been good to me, it's a special place,” McDowell said.

“To go there as US Open champion and with an opportunity to win another major is going to be cool.

“But Majors are tough to win, there's no doubt about it. I still can't believe that I'm sitting here a champion this week.

“There are so many great players in the world and golf courses are set up so difficult nowadays, especially here at the US Open.

“I'll be looking forward to St Andrews immensely. It's a golf course I know really well.

“It's all about course knowledge and local knowledge, and at St Andrews you've got to know every bump and hump and roll in the greens.”

McDowell is playing the best golf of his career — a career he says which is just taking flight.

“There's no doubt I'll take an amazing amount of confidence from this week,” added the 30-year-old. “I was glad I was able to do what it took.”

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