Graeme McDowell returns to the scene of his biggest triumph this week insisting he’s not on the US Open to “take the views in” at Pebble Seaside.
McDowell claimed his solely main victory on the west coast in 2010 – ending one shot away from Gregory Havret – however having secured his place at Royal Portrush and The Open with a top-10 end on the Canadian Open final week, he’s decided to placed on a very good present at a spot that holds particular recollections.
“It goes without saying, I won once around here, I obviously feel like my game suits this golf course,” he mentioned. “And I’m certainly not here to take the views in as much as I’m here to compete. And looking forward to competing.”
McDowell, who ended a four-year winless run on the PGA Tour with a slim victory within the Corales Puntacana Resort and Membership Championship in March, will play alongside Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson for the primary two days this week and he admits he’s relieved his type has improved forward of such a high-profile grouping.
“I think four or five months ago, if you’d have told me you’re on the first tee with Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson this week at the US Open, where my game was or where my confidence level was, I would have been very intimidated,” he added.
“The final three or 4 months, with the victory and a few good finishes, and beginning to type of put myself underneath the gun a number of instances and getting the juices flowing once more, confidence is one in all these very fragile issues. It actually goes away so much faster than it comes again.
“It is actually been a slower course of than I imagined getting the boldness again. It’s coming.
“I come into this week feeling very good about my game, looking forward to the challenge of teeing it up with two great players on Thursday and Friday, and trying to dissect this golf course and get myself in position to hopefully be able to compete this weekend.”