Like Chicago and Sinatra, Hoylake's McDowell's kind of town

Tue Jul 15, 2014 12:54pm EDT
Email This Article |
Share This Article
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIn
  • Twitter
| Print This Article | Single Page
[-] Text [+]

By Tony Jimenez

HOYLAKE England (Reuters) - Chicago was always Frank Sinatra's kind of town when the great crooner was in his pomp and the same thing could be said of self-confessed "short knocker" Graeme McDowell and this week's British Open venue.

The biggest tournaments these days often play into the hands of the long hitters but the Royal Liverpool Golf Club is an exception, as evidenced in 2006 when Tiger Woods shunned his driver on the way to a two-stroke victory.

"I'm one of the short knockers here," McDowell told reporters at Hoylake on Tuesday. "But is distance going to be an advantage around this golf course? I don't think so, no.

"Certainly my game plan place the ball in those kind of areas where the course forces you.

"I don't walk on to this course and kind of sigh and say, 'Here we go again, this is 330-yard distance, paradise'," said McDowell who won this month's French Open in Versailles.

"Look at the way Tiger won here in 2006. He can dominate with length but he didn't have to. It asks you to play a game of chess more than anything - this is my kind of golf course."

McDowell's 2010 U.S. Open victory catapulted him up the world rankings and his recent Ryder Cup performances have rubber-stamped his status as one of the most reliable players in the modern era.

The British Open, though, is the one major championship he is itching to win.   Continued...

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland watches his tee shot on the 18th hole during a practice round ahead of the British Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake, northern England July 15, 2014.     REUTERS/Toby Melville