McDowell inspired by Euro team-mates

2015-05-20 14:12
Graeme McDowell (AFP)

Wentworth - Graeme McDowell is hoping the exploits of his Ryder Cup team-mates will inspire him back onto the winners' podium after a drought of nearly a year without success.

McDowell, US Open winner in 2010, has not won since last July when he landed his second French Open title in succession, but had his appetite for victory whetted on Tuesday night at the European Tour's Players' Awards Dinner near Heathrow Airport.

Three out of the four major trophies were on display thanks to the exploits of Rory McIlroy's wins in the British Open and the USPGA Championship and Martin Kaymer's US Open victory.

The Ryder Cup was there as was former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson who gave the European team an inspiring talk ahead of their victory at Gleneagles last year.

McDowell is playing in the European PGA Championship which starts at Wentworth on Thursday and says the evening has re-kindled his desire to return to winning ways.

"It was a great night at the Tour dinner and watching major championship wins and a little Ryder Cup reminiscing and just celebrating some amazing golf on The European Tour," McDowell told reporters at Wentworth.

"The thing that I love is kind of seeing all the highlight reels from guys winning major championships. I thought Martin Kaymer's piece was really cool, and obviously what Rory has been accomplishing - it is just motivating and inspiring.

"That was what I took out of the night. It was just inspiration to get back on that kind of stage again myself.

"It's been a slow start of the year for me, but this would be a phenomenal week to kick start what's going to be a very busy summer.

"This is not a golf course I've performed as well as I'd like to over the years, but there's always a certain amount of energy and anticipation and motivation coming here.

"Coming back and playing in front of the British fans, it's always such a well supported week. Always an iconic golf course, grew up watching this so much. It's changed a lot over the years I guess but still remains Wentworth, and the flagship event."

McDowell's wife Kristin gave birth to their first daughter, Vale, in August last year and the Northern Irishman admits his game has not been at its best.

He added: "There have been some technical issues and there's been some mental issues, mental issues based on great things, great things happening off the golf course and just a rebalancing of my life.

"I'm not sure which came first, the mental stuff or the technical stuff.

"But I've worked it all out the last few months, and I've never really felt as motivated to get myself back competing on Sunday afternoons, and I'm enjoying the process of getting back there.

"When I do get back there, I think I'll appreciate it more than I ever did. The last few years, leader boards have come a little easier and I maybe haven't appreciated them as much."

Read more on:    graeme mcdowell  |  golf


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Which is your favourite event on the golfing calendar?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.