Graeme McDowell has set his sights on a big 2020 after returning to the winner’s circle at the Saudi International.
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McDowell posted a level-par 70 to claim a two-stroke victory over Dustin Johnson at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club, securing a first European Tour title since the Open de France in 2014.
The victory follows his win on the PGA Tour last year at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, with his latest success lifting the Northern Irishman back inside the world’s top 50.
“I’m just so excited about the year,” McDowell said. “I was hoping I was going to have a big season; fourth in Hawaii got me off and running and then a missed cut in Dubai last week, but I knew I played well.
“My big goal this year was to be back in the top 50 in the world, back competing in the big tournaments. I’m very excited that it’s happened a little faster than I expected but hopefully it’s laying some foundations down for having a big year.
“I really feel like I’m moving in the right direction, and it’s weeks like this that really give that you which I can additional effect and hopefully I can use it.”
The 40-year-old sat outside the world’s top 250 less than a year ago but is now in the running to earn an invite to the Masters for the first time since 2016, as well as putting himself in contention for a possible Ryder Cup place for Team Europe at Whistling Straits.
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“It’s been 10 years since a won a U.S. Open, 10 years probably since I played the best golf of my life,” McDowell added. “I feel like I’m moving back in the right direction.