McDowell targets Ryder Cup spot
Graeme McDowell believes Europe can regain the Ryder Cup in October – and hopes to play a part in winning it back .
Graeme McDowell is convinced Europe to regain the Ryder Cup in October an is hoping he’ll be right in the thick of it after climbing to 10th place on the European Ryder Cup points list with his outstanding victory on Sunday..
McDowell mastered the new 2010 Ryder Cup course with a stunning final round 63, to claim a three-shot victory over the exciting Welsh prospect Rhys Davies, whose course record 62 included six birdies and two eagles.
England’s Luke Donald, meanwhile, followed his Madrid Masters triumph last weekend by finishing third, a further two strokes behind.
McDowell matched Davies’ front-nine score of 30, and given the potential of a dream Ryder Cup partnership with fellow Irishman Rory McIlroy, the watching captain Colin Montgomerie must surely have ticked several boxes.
“I really think this is the place we will win the Ryder Cup right back,” said the 30-year-old, from Portrush, who collected £300,000 for his win.
“I think we will have an unbelievable team and I think it is going to be a great tournament, but I think the course suits European golf.
“Driving of the golf ball is key around this course. I think we are better drivers of the ball than they are.
“In the past, the Americans have been longer than us. I don’t think that is the case any more. You look at Rory, the Lee Westwoods and Sergio Garcias – it’s guys like that who are really good, top drivers of the golf ball.
“This golf course has all the length you want, and I think they have a fabulous amount of tee options.”
McDowell, who now sets his sights on the US Open in Pebble Beach later this month, was understandably thrilled by his performance, a display that had world class stamped all over it.
“This has been coming for a while,” he added.
“I need a big summer – I need to keep playing the way I am playing – and there is no doubt winning here is going to stand me in good stead.
“If I don’t qualify automatically (for the Ryder Cup) and I am looking for a pick, this is certainly going to be a good feather in my cap.
“But my goal is to make the team automatically. Valhalla a couple of years ago did nothing but stoke the fires as far as my desire to be on the next team.”
And McDowell also hailed the efforts of 25-year-old Davies, now 11th on the Ryder Cup points chart.
“It’s great for Wales – I really hope he gets on the team,” said McDowell.
“It would be amazing to have a Welshman on the team. It would be great for the fans and just for the atmosphere in general. I will be watching his progress, for sure.
“If he doesn’t get on the team this year it will drive him on to bigger and better things perhaps, but he’s good enough to get on the team.”
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