THERE’S no way Graeme McDowell says he will ever find himself getting sick and tired of penning his autograph to 2010 US Open 18th hole commemorative flags.
McDowell confessed he has signed nearly a hundred of the special flags including a half-a-dozen his caddy, Ken Comboy asked him to sign following a first round 71 in the Barclays Scottish Open.
Comboy lined up the flags on a table within the makeshift locker room at Loch Lomond and it reminded McDowell of a remark passed to him on Monday at Adare Manor by triple-Major winning Pádraig Harrington.
“Padraig said to me that you are going to get sick of the sight of that flag in a year’s time,” said McDowell.
“He’s probably right but then I’m not going to mind it one bit.”
McDowell’s first competitive round since winning the US Open was a mix of four birdies, including back-to-back birdies to finish, and just as many bogeys. He was two over par through 15 holes but then hit a 6-iron to 30 feet at the par four, eighth hole that he was playing as his 17th and knocked in the putt while at his 18th, he landed a lob-wedge from 75-yards out to four feet.
“It was good to birdie the last two holes as it’s turned an average sort of round into at least something respectable,” he said.
“There was definitely some rust out there in my game today but then I sort of expected that but then I also played a little bit better than I expected.
“There were a few good swings in there and few champagne swings as well, and a few careless ones. But generally I’m reasonably happy the way I played.”
As was the scenario at Adare Manor, McDowell found himself being congratulated at every turn so much so that on the first day of his first competitive tournament since winning a first Major, the well-wishers seemed be as deep as the famed Scottish loch.
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