Disciplined approach key to success at US Open says Graeme McDowell

Graeme McDowell
Graeme McDowell

Graeme McDowell believes a disciplined approach will be key to success this week at the US Open in Pinehurst.

With the course currently playing hard and fast, there will be a premium on controlling shots, normally a strength of the 2010 champion.

“It is long but there is a little run out there,” said Graeme speaking to the BBC.

“The pins [on the greens] will be inaccessibleand you are going to have to be extremely disciplined.

“You will have to play to the right side of the flags and try and get it up and down for pars.

“I do like the set-up but I am going to have to play well just like anyone else hoping to do well.”

McDowell took some time off recently and is heading into a ‘big summer of golf’ feeling physically and mentally fresh.

“I tuned my game up in Memphis last week,” he added.

“I didn’t play as well as I would like to play and have a bit of work to do coming into the event here this week but it was nice to get four competitive rounds under my belt

“There is a lot of stuff to play for over the summer. Major championships, WGC events and the Ryder Cup. I have a lot of golf to play and I have a lot of good golf to play if I want to make the Ryder Cup team.

“The US Open is very special to me. I’d love to compete but I can’t force things this week. If it happens, it happens.”