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Tuesday 6 December 2016

McDowell pictures another US Open win

Graeme McDowell can already picture the celebrations if he wins another US Open title to maintain Europe's recent dominance of the year's second major championship.

McDowell fittingly celebrated with his father Ken when he won the 2010 US Open at Pebble Beach on Father's Day, becoming the first European winner since Tony Jacklin in 1970.

But now that he is a father himself, the Ryder Cup star would love to be greeted by his daughter Vale if he triumphs at Chambers Bay on Sunday.

"I've got a little girl now and I'd love for her to be on the last green," McDowell said. "You always see it on TV and it's definitely a visual I have in my head as something I would love to achieve. I am certainly motivated right now to get in there and do it.

"I'd love to win the US Open again, although any major championship would be great. I'm chiseling away right now really trying to find my game. I want to be on leaderboards on Sunday afternoon and especially at major championships.

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"I would love to compete at Chambers Bay and St Andrews (Open Championship) and Whistling Straits (US PGA) and that's definitely on the radar for the next four or five years."

The public links-style course only opened in 2007 and USGA director Mike Davis famously said players would need 10 practice rounds to get to know the layout due to all the different tees which will be used during the week.

"I know that Mike Davis has said that guys will have to have extra preparation but that's hard to do in this day and age. It's not like the old days when the boys flew in a week before and took their time," he said.

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