Graeme McDowell said that golfing intelligence and mental strength can triumph over power this weekend at the US Open, and remains optimistic about landing a second major.
The 2010 champion may not be in the best of form ahead of this weekend at Erin Hills, but he is still hopeful: “I feel like I have played some pretty good stuff and just haven’t had that X-factor which is putting 72 holes together on a given week, it is just been about trying to stay patient.”
“I have got into some weekends and perhaps got a little tighter because I haven’t been in that position for a little while, maybe wanting it a bit too much perhaps.”
McDowell added that he thought length off the tee would not necessarily be a deciding factor in Wisconsin.
“I don’t think this golf course is out of my league from a length point of view at all. I think there is enough to this week for a player like me to be able to compete with some of these longer hitters.”
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Erin Hills measures 7,741 yards at its longest but McDowell knows that tournament officials will mix things up to give the 37-year old a fighting chance.
“Yes you look at it and you initially assume long length, bombers; but there is a lot of strategy involved still, there are so many teeing options it is going to be interesting to see what the USGA does,” he said.
“There is a lot of tactics still involved, it is not just a bombs away.”
Asked about winning another major, McDowell said, “Maybe it came to me in 2010 a little earlier than I expected but there is no doubt I had a dream and I believed that I had the game to win a major championship.
“You could say that dream is starting to form again, that I’d like to win another one. I’m working hard, stay patient and I would love to win another one before I am all done.”