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Erratic results no concern for McDowell

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July 8, 2013 « Live County Championship coverage | Chartbeat test »
Graeme McDowell has enjoyed a few victories in 2013 © Getty Images
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Graeme McDowell is happy to continue with his hit-and-miss form if it results in more tour wins - after picking up his third win of the year at the Open de France.

McDowell climbed up to No. 6 in the world rankings after his latest triumph, his third of the campaign. But the Northern Irishman has missed the cut in the five other events he has played this season - raising a few concerns about the extreme swings in his level of consistency

While the 2010 US Open champion would undoubtedly prefer to endure fewer weekends off, he is content to take those disappointments if he keeps winning on his good weeks.

"I would rather have 0 [missed cut], 0, 0, 1 [win], 1, 1, 0, 0, 0," McDowell said. "Coming into this week, it's been a couple of months of kind of strange golf for me, too many missed cuts, a little bit inconsistent, but it's never really felt far away. There was no real panic button.

"It's been a funny season, inconsistent. [But] When it's been good, it's been really good."

McDowell will now turn his attention towards the Open Championship, which begins in just over a week at Muirfield. Five of his nine career titles have come in a country's national championship, and he would dearly love to add the Claret Jug to his collection.

"To win national opens is very special, and I had not really thought of [my record]," he said. "But I select my golf courses based on how they feel and how they set up for my game as much as I possibly can.

"Outside of that, I try to bring myself to golf courses if I feel like I can win. This one has always been an event that I love to come to. Like you say, to win national opens, is a bit special."

World Rankings: 1. Tiger Woods (USA), 2. Rory McIlroy (NIR), 3. Justin Rose (Eng), 4. Adam Scott (Aus), 5. Matt Kuchar (USA), 6. Graeme McDowell, 7. Brandt Snedeker (USA), 8. Phil Mickelson (USA), 9. Luke Donald (Eng), 10. Louis Oosthuizen (RSA), 11. Steve Stricker (USA), 12. Lee Westwood (Eng), 13. Ernie Els (RSA), 14. Sergio Garcia (ESP), 15. Charl Schwartzel (RSA), 16. Keegan Bradley (USA), 17. Bubba Watson (USA), 18. Jason Day (Aus), 19. Webb Simpson (USA), 20. Ian Poulter (Eng).

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