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Graeme McDowell confident of defending US Open – Golf News

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Graeme McDowell confident of defending US Open – Golf News 
The world number five, Graeme McDowell did not play a great tournament while he was competing in the Zurich Classic last week. The four-day championship of Zurich Classic was being contested at the scenic par-72, TPC Louisiana
Golf Course in Los Angeles.
This year, US Open will also be played on the Congressional Country Club, which has a yard-age of 7,250. It is certainly a long course and McDowell will have to show his ability to successfully defend his title this year.
The 31-year-old Irishman missed the cut while he was competing in 2011 Zurich Classic. McDowell was completely out of his league as his scores of 73 and 75 showed his form. He was rather surprised by the course yardage.
It will be exciting to watch McDowell defend his title this year against the top ranked players of the world. This is going to be a test for the Irishman who was surprised by the distances of a few holes. McDowell while competing
during the 2011 Zurich Classic had a total of four bogeys and four bogeys.
These statistics of McDowell shows that he had a bad club selection on quite a few holes. He was surprised by the long par-4’s and par-5’s which certainly turned out to be tough holes for him and the other contenders. The
greens were also a bit difficult to read as they were fast.  
McDowell from Northern Ireland was the second professional golfer from Europe to have won the US Open title. The Irishman is hoping this year that the course will play a little easy if the yardage is decreased by putting up easy pin placements.
 
The US Open champion after missing the cut at Zurich Classic said, "I'm hoping I've got the wrong tee. If they're selling four fours that week I'll buy them for plenty. It is tough to say at this point, if the golf course suits my game. I mean
it was long during the first round. I'm hoping it's going to firm up a little bit.”
Last year’s Ryder Cup hero, McDowell, is confident about his chances this year. He is certainly working hard on his swing. He has not played exceptional golf and is thriving to strengthen his grip on his current world ranking.
Overall, this has been a roller-coaster year for the Irishman. He will be seeking for his second major of his career when he competes in the US Open this year.
It will surely be a clash of the titans for the title of 2011 US Open. All the current major winners from Europe and former world number one, Tiger Woods, will be among the participants.

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