Golf: McDowell upbeat on Open chances

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Graeme McDowell believes the British Open is the major title that he is “most likely to win” as he prepares to compete at Muirfield.

The Northern Irishman came second when the Open Championship was last held at Muirfield in 2002 and McDowell is in confident mood ahead of this year’s tournament, which begins on Thursday.

“I think the Open is the one I am most likely to win,” he said. “I wouldn’t put Augusta (the venue for the US Masters) up there, that needs a bit of work.

“The US PGA is obviously an unknown quantity, sometimes they set it up like a US Open and sometimes they don’t. So the Open, for sure.”

The 33-year-old has one major title to his name, the 2010 US Open, and McDowell admits the trophy he would most like to get his hands on is the British Open.

He added: “Which one would I love to win the most, if I could only win one more? Probably the Open over the Masters in a photo-finish. Probably just because of the home feel, the links and the history.”

McDowell came in fifth in last year’s Open Championship and has been in mixed form this season, with three wins and five missed cuts in his last eight events.

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