McDowell targets top ten

Graeme McDowell has targeted a spot in the top ten of the Official World Golf Rankinga and intends to start his climb at the Malaysian Open this week.

McDowell is currently ranked 20th in the world and hasn’t been in the top ten since September 2013.

The 2010 US Open winner told the European Tour website that he is more focused than ever, thanks to a settled personal life.

“I think my focus is better than it’s been in a long time. I’ve got a young family and my personal life is in a really nice place and I’m really enjoying it,” he said.

“The balance of that is giving me the mental space to re-focus on my game again, and I certainly have things I want to achieve.

“I need to take my focus off trying to make an impact on money lists both sides of the Atlantic and put my focus on the World Rankings.

“I’d like to get back into the top ten in the world this year – that’s one of the goals. By committing to my processes and trying my best every week, I know that’s something I can achieve.”

McDowell finished the Dubai Desert Classic tied for ninth and on 14-under last week after carding a two-under 70 in the final round.

The Northern Irishman says he will look to build on that performance at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club on Thursday.

“I was very happy with how I played in Dubai. You’re never quite sure how you’re going to play in the first tournament back after a good break, how you’ll do when you’ve got the card back in your pocket.

“But I was very pleased. I didn’t really contend at the weekend which was a little disappointing, but it’s a good start.”