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McDowell delighted to make his WGC return
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McDowell delighted to make his WGC return

Graeme McDowell is excited to be back at a World Golf Championships event for the first time since 2016 as he prepares to do battle at the WGC - Mexico Championship.

Graeme McDowell

The Northern Irishman is back in the world's top 50 after winning the Saudi International powered by SoftBank Investment Advisers earlier this month.

That victory, which was his first on the European Tour since 2014, opened a lot of doors for the Major Champion and he is delighted to return to this stage.

McDowell is among a star studded 72 man field - which includes defending champion Dustin Johnson and World Number One Rory McIlroy - at Chapultepec Golf Club for this week's event.

He said: "I've played a lot of WGCs in my career and I think you do take them for granted a little.

"They are amazing tournaments when you get the best players from all over the world to come together here in Mexico.

"It's the first time seeing the golf course for me and it's a great track, reminds me a little of Valderrama and obviously you've got the altitude so the ball goes a long way. But I'm excited to be back in these WGC events.

"It's important for me, if I have aspirations of being in the Ryder Cup Team, that I've got to be in the WGCs and Major Championships so it's really important to take that first step, to get my schedule to where it needs to be and hopefully I can kick on from here.

"We're here to do a job this week. This is certainly not some icing on the cake from the win out in Saudi Arabia. This is about kicking on into the rest of the season and using these events as platforms to get where I want to be."