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Graeme McDowell wants to realise Irish Open wish

Updated: Wednesday, 26 Jun 2013 21:14 | Comments

Graeme McDowell is hoping to make history at the Irish Open
Graeme McDowell is hoping to make history at the Irish Open

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Graeme McDowell will attempt to put his US Open nightmare behind him by ticking an item off his golfing "bucket list" this week.

McDowell was among the favourites at Merion a fortnight ago given his two tournament victories this year and superb US Open record - he was second last year after his victory in 2010 - but missed the cut after rounds of 76 and 77.

However, the 33-year-old has the ideal opportunity to bounce back in the Irish Open at Carton House, which also boasts the likes of Rory McIlroy, Darren Clarke, Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley in the field.

"There's no doubt the Irish Open is on my golfing bucket list," McDowell said. "It's an event that I've never really competed in. It's an event I would love to win and I would love to add it to my CV.

"To win your national Open is a very special win in a player's heart. It's been almost 70 years since a Northern Irish player has won this event (Fred Daly in 1946). That's a stat we would love to change this weekend.

"There's no doubt I would love to win this one. It's certainly one I'll be giving 100 per cent to this week.

"It kicks off a very busy summer of golf for me and Merion has done nothing but motivate me and make me more hungry for being in the mix come the weekend. I'm ready to go this week and I'm looking forward to it."

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