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Wednesday, 09 November 2011
Graeme McDowell  (Getty Images)
Graeme McDowell (Getty Images)
Graeme McDowell will begin the Barclays Singapore Open with renewed belief after returning to form with a third-place finish in Shanghai last week.

The 2010 US Open Champion endured a difficult weekend at Valderrama two weeks ago, where closing rounds of 81 and 82 saw him slip to the foot of the leaderboard in the Andalucía Masters.

However, he bounced back in style at the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions, breaking 70 in all four rounds en route to a 16 under total.

Ahead of this week’s co-sanctioned event between the European Tour and Asian Tour, which takes place over two courses - the Serapong and Tanjong - at the Sentosa Golf Club, McDowell said:  “I worked hard last week to the point where I am now moving the ball very well both ways.

“Unless you have a ball flight you can control you cannot really play this game very well. I was happy the way I hit the ball last week and I putted much, much better.

“I am coming in here with a little bit of confidence and this is a golf course where you certainly have to control your ball flight. And with these big undulating greens you need to putt well.”

Currently 13th in the Race to Dubai, the Northern Irishman admits his schedule for next year will be influenced by his performances in the closing weeks of the season.

“I am not 100 per cent committed to anything yet. I am going to see how these next four or five weeks go,” he explained.

“If I can have a strong finish this year then I can play a little less next year. I will play both Tours next year.”

McDowell, who finished third here in 2010 and received a further boost today when he claimed victory in the Pro-Am competition, has been hugely impressed by the set-up at Sentosa.

“The golf course is in as good a shape as I have ever seen it,” he added. “They have had a lot of rain here but this golf course drains incredibly well and we are set for a great week.

“There is great balance to this golf course. Obviously the Tanjong is a lot easier where you can go and shoot five or six under.

“The Serapong is the big test. The rough can be really tough so accuracy off the tee is key.”

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T3OOSTHUIZEN, LouisRSA18-13
T5LUITEN, JoostNED18-12
T5LEE, DannyNZL18-12
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