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I'm fired up for special day: G-Mac

Graeme McDowell
Graeme McDowell
Adam McKendry

By Adam McKendry

Graeme McDowell has admitted he will probably get emotional when he tees off in the first round of his home Open at Royal Portrush.

McDowell, who grew up playing at Rathmore next door, tees off alongside Henrik Stenson and Xander Schauffele at 9.14am.

Having gone through the fear of potentially not playing in the first Open to be held here in 68 years, then the joy of qualifying via the Canadian Open, it figures to be a big day for G-Mac, who is certain to attract a huge following all week.

"I was on the first tee on Tuesday and it felt like there was about 10,000 people there, it was an amazing atmosphere," said McDowell.

"I was actually a little nervous for a Tuesday, I couldn't believe it really.

"I figure I'm going to feel a little fired up on the first tee.

"It's been incredible. I feel like people are just genuinely fired up and excited, it's such a big thing for this part of the world."

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