“Irish Open title would feel like Major win,” – McDowell

Updated: April 4, 2012

Even though the US Masters tees off in three weeks time;  Graeme McDowell can’t help thinking about the Irish Open which returns to his native Northern Ireland this June.

McDowell grew up on the Royal Portrush links which will host the event from 28th June until 1st July and has stated that victory there would be on a par with his US Open win (at the iconic Pebble Beach on Father’s Day back in 2010).   McDowell is relishing an “extra special” week as the tournament returns to Northern Ireland – and his hometown – for the first time since 1953.

“It’s a dream come true for me to play a tournament of the magnitude of the Irish Open at Royal Portrush,” said the 2010 Ryder Cup star. “Having lived and grown up in Portrush all my life, it’s definitely a dream come true and I’m going to be very proud to welcome The European Tour to my neck of the woods.”

McDowell finished by stating:  “My mum and dad have been there for a couple of the best moments of my golf career – winning the Irish Closed Amateur at Royal Portrush in 2000 and winning the Scottish Open at Loch Lomond as well as my dad being there for the final round at Pebble Beach.  They’ve been a special part of my career and playing the Irish Open in Portrush will make them very proud.  It’s big for our family and it’ll be a special week for them.”

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