Graeme McDowell hopes for testing conditions

Graeme McDowell Open Championship 2016

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Graeme McDowell admits he would be happy for wind and rain to be a factor at this week’s Open Championship as it would help showcase the best links players.

The Northern Irishman, who is aiming to win his second major title following his success at the US Open in 2010, has finished in the top 10 in two of his last four Open Championship appearances.

The world number 74 stepped up his preparations for this year’s tournament at Royal Troon with a top-10 finish at last week’s Scottish Open, and he believes the event at Castle Stuart Golf Links was the perfect prelude to the third major of the year.

He said: “I want the weather to play a part this weekend for sure and I feel like the Scottish Open last week was great preparation on a lot of levels.”

The 36-year-old is hoping wind and rain will feature heavily during this year’s Open, as he believes his game will suit such conditions, while other players may struggle to cope with the demands.

He added: “Give me some wind and rain this weekend and let’s sort the links players out from the non-links players.”

McDowell is yet to taste victory during 2016, with his last success coming in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in November, and he is available at 81.00 to claim overall glory at this week’s event in Ayrshire.

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