Graeme McDowell says that the fear of being a ‘one-hit wonder’ in the majors is his motivation going into this week’s Open Championship at Royal Liverpool.
The Northern Irishman won the 2010 US Open at Pebble Beach and, although he has come close to adding to that victory, finishing tied-second at the same events two years later and tied-fifth at the 2012 Open, the 34-year-old has so far been unable to enter the distinguished realm of multiple major winners.
That, he insists, is something that he will use as a driving force at Hoylake this week.
“I certainly don’t want to be a one-hit wonder,” said McDowell, who successfully defended the French Open two weeks ago. “I’ve learned a lot over the last few years since my US Open victory.
“I want to give myself as many opportunities as I can to win majors. It’s hard to win. Week in, week out, there’s so many great players in the world. Winning regular tournaments is hard enough. Winning the majors is something different, something special.
"I’d give my left arm for the Claret Jug." - Graeme McDowell
“I feel like I’m more ready than I’ve ever been to win another major.”
McDowell added that an Open Championship victory would be especially sweet.
“The Open is special,” he said. “Augusta has that kind of same mystique and tradition because of the venue and what it creates and kind of walking in the footsteps of the greats. But the Open seems to maintain that mystique as it goes around to various golf courses. It maintains that kind of pride, tradition and history, and the Claret Jug is a bit special.
“I’d give my left arm for the Claret Jug. I would, actually. That would be the end of my career, but it would be a nice way to go!”
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