European Tour: Graeme McDowell Rounding into Form at French Open

By Carl Conrad
Graeme McDowell French Open
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Since winning the RBC Heritage tournament in April, Graeme McDowell has been struggling to find his form. Since the victory he has not made the cut in any of the three events he’s played, including the PLAYERS Championship and the U.S. Open. He could very well be on the path back to success as he is currently only two shots off of the 36-hole lead at the French Open – this week’s European Tour event.

”It’s been a rough couple months for me,” McDowell said. ”Not really been playing the kind of golf I’d like to play, and the key this week was to come and try to get myself in the mix for the weekend and get some of the juices flowing again.” It usually doesn’t take much to get back on track when you have as much talent as McDowell. He’s carded a score of 69 in both of the first two rounds and is now just two shots behind leader Fabrizio Zanotti with plenty of golf left to play.

McDowell was off to a hot start at the beginning of the year, having racked up four top 10 finishes in his first five events on the PGA Tour. He also won the Volvo World Match Play Championship. He hasn’t fared well in big tournaments, however. McDowell missed the cut at the Masters, PLAYERS and U.S. Open. That has to be somewhat disconcerting for him, seeing as the British Open is just a few weeks away.

If he can manage to get a few solid outings under his belt, it could very well be what he needs to contend at the third major of the season. A win this week would go a long way in giving him the confidence needed to be relevant in a major. Either that or he could just try to channel the performance he put in at the 2010 U.S. Open, which he won.

Carl Conrad is the Senior Golf Writer for Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.

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