Graeme McDowell down but not out

2014 07 Mcdowell

He was many people’s top tip to lift the Claret Jug at the start of the week but, just 18 holes in, Graeme McDowell has got it all to do to salvage his Open bid.


The 2010 US Open champion, above with caddie Ken Comboy, slumped to a disappointing two-over 74 in benign conditions on day one at Royal Liverpool, birdies at the fifth and 18th being the sole highlights of his day. Even so, he did his best to remain upbeat on his prospects of wrestling his way back into the championship.

“The toys are not coming out of the pram right at this second,” said McDowell, who won the French Open two weeks ago. “It’s just one round. It’s a tough little golf course and I just didn’t hit it in the fairway enough.

“I feel like if I can get my iron play a bit closer, I can hole some putts. Disappointed. I’d love something better.”

With just a gentle breeze brushing the links of the second oldest golf course in England, and the sun splitting the sky most of the day, low scores were definitely out there to be had. That might not be the case over the next couple of days, however. A change in wind direction and some showers are in the forecast for tomorrow, with torrential, thundery showers expected to rain down on Saturday.
"Level-par or one-under sort of gets me back in the mix a little bit tomorrow night." - Graeme McDowell

As far as McDowell’s concerned, though, the bad weather can’t come soon enough.

“I’m needing some windy conditions right now, so bring it on,” said the 34-year-old. “If there were three more days of sunshine and no much wind, I’d pretty much be writing myself off right at this second, being eight or nine shots back.

“But with the conditions they’re forecasting the next couple of days, particularly tomorrow, it means that I don’t have to go and beat myself up today. I can prepare myself for the conditions tomorrow and level-par or one-under sort of gets me back in the mix a little bit tomorrow night. So that’s kind of what I’m trying to tell myself right now.”

Follow Graeme McDowell & Co. with bunkered


Keep up-to-date with all the latest goings with Graeme McDowell and the rest of the field from the 2014 Open Championship direct from the bunkered team. Follow us on Twitter (@BunkeredOnline) and Facebook (facebook.com/BunkeredMagazine).

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
2022 Driver Test | Which one is going in my bag?
Drivers
play button
The most powerful PING irons ever? | PING i525 review
Ping
play button
I'll be using the Vokey SM9 wedges... and you should too
Titleist
play button
The driver that has it all? | COBRA LTDx drivers REVIEWED!
Cobra
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

LIV Golf star shoots down rumours of rift with best friend
HOW MUCH?! Paige Spiranac's eye-watering social media earnings revealed
REVEALED: What stars need to do in return for LIV Golf cash
Explained: How the FedEx Cup works
Judge sets trial date for LIV Golf’s PGA Tour antitrust lawsuit

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
Keep working on the right things
Watch
play button
A simple takeaway drill from Peter Barber
Watch
play button
Swing through the ball to hit a fade
Callaway
play button
Make your backswing steeper
Watch
See all videos right arrow