THREE weeks on from Europe’s Ryder Cup miracle at Medinah, Graeme McDowell returns to action at the BMW Masters in China on Thursday determined to finish a consistent but so far frustrating season on a high.
The former US Open Champion finished no worse than 12th in this year’s four Majors and was second to Webb Simpson at the Olympic Club but he is still searching for his first victory in two years.
“There’s no doubt that this year has had a bittersweet taste to it,” said the 33-year-old.
“It’s been a fairly consistent year, and definitely my strongest year in the Major Championships, but yet there is that little sense of disappointment inside me that I didn’t do better in the last rounds.
“I’ve got to take the positives away and kind of renew my belief that I can win more Major Championships if I keep preparing the way I’m doing and improving the way I am.
“I’ve just got to keep doing what I’m doing and hopefully the good stuff will come in the future.”
McDowell is ninth in the Race to Dubai, over a million euros behind leader Rory McIlroy and needs a couple of big performances in the coming weeks if he wants to challenge his compatriot
“I’m playing five of the next six weeks and I need to get myself into a decent position going into the World Championship,” added Graeme.
“I’m keen to try and finish strongly and give myself a couple chances to win down the stretch here and really put a bit of a shine on the year.
“It’s always a fun part of the season this one. Some great events, a lot of great prize money to play for.
“We have got a nice little run into the The Race to Dubai now.”