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Sunday, 21 July 2019
Graeme McDowell  (Getty Images)
Graeme McDowell (Getty Images)

Graeme McDowell will not let a difficult final round sour his memory of playing a Major Championship in his home town.

The 2010 U.S. Open Champion finished four over at Royal Portrush after a final-day 77, but was blown away by the passionate support he received from the home crowd.

"I'm not going to let that spoil my week. It's been special. I've enjoyed every second," McDowell said on Sunday.

"I'm proud of Portrush and proud of Northern Ireland and I'm proud of Ireland. Ireland is pretty proud as we watch Shane Lowry trying to win.
"The people have been amazing this week. The golf course has been phenomenal.

"The R&A have done a phenomenal job here for the players and families and everyone involved, and hopefully the spectators. The golf course has been incredibly well presented. And everyone is telling me this is their favourite Open venue they've ever been to. So many ticks in all the right boxes this week."

McDowell was playing at his 14th Open Championship and he is also a veteran of four Ryder Cups, but the atmosphere at Royal Portrush was right up there for him, especially for Shane Lowry on Saturday and Rory McIlroy on Friday evening.

"Probably the thing I'm most proud of is the atmosphere the crowds have created. I've had several comments from players about Rory coming in Friday night, it was like a Ryder Cup, like he was leading the tournament. And obviously Shane last night. It was amazing.

The people have been amazing this week. The golf course has been phenomenal - Graeme McDowell

"I've got to say yesterday was one of the most special days outside of Ryder Cups. I was walking up that first hole at 10am yesterday morning, they were ten deep.

"The people have been amazing. They haven't let down in any shape or form. They've been amazing. We knew this was going to be a special Open.

"I'm proud of the atmosphere and that people have been as proud to go out there and behave well and support well and support all the players, and treat everyone like one of their own. That's the way the people of Ireland are. They're welcoming people."

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1LOWRY, ShaneIRL18-15
2FLEETWOOD, TommyENG18-9
3FINAU, TonyUSA18-7
T4WESTWOOD, LeeENG18-6
T4KOEPKA, BrooksUSA18-6
T6MACINTYRE, RobertSCO18-5

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