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GRAEME MCDOWELL is hoping a chance to win an historic third French Open in a row this week will spur a big change in form.
The popular Northern Irishman is looking to become the first player for 77 years to win the Alstom Open de France three years running at Le Golf National in Paris.
We all no doubt well remember Marcel Dallemagne in 1938 lifting what is Continental Europe’s oldest Open for the third time in succession. Only five players have ever landed a hat-trick of European Tour titles in the same event – Ian Woosnam, Sir Nick Faldo, Colin Montgomerie, Tiger Woods and Ernie Els.
“Having a chance to win a tournament three times in a row is very special,” McDowell said this week. “I’ve always enjoyed this golf course, right back in the early days when I would come here.”
Two weeks out from the 2015 British Open the 35 year old is focusing on a change in a bit of a form slump some have traced back to the birth of his first child last year.
McDowell has only one top 10 finish this year and missed the cut at the US Open, an event he won in 2010.
“I’ve got to get back at it, and I have been getting back at it. Like I say, momentum was killed a little bit last couple weeks, but there’s no better time to start playing well than right now with all the golf ahead of me.”
Other leading contenders include two-time runner up Francesco Molinari, Martin Kaymer, Jamie Donaldson and Danny Willett.
Aussies teeing up include Richard Green, who has four top tens at the venue, Nathan Holman, Wade Ormsby, Jason Scrivener, Marcus Fraser, Scott Hend, Andrew Dodt, and amateur Ryan Ruffels.
Fraser and Hend will be honing their games ahead of a British Open that will see at least 13 other Aussies taking part.
Three more players in the French Open field could be added to the St Andrews starters with the top three finishers who are not already exempt and who finish in the top ten gaining exemption.
There are also places up for grabs at the next two US PGA Tour events.
Live Fox Sports coverage beginning Thursday 6.30pm – 8.30pm; 11.30pm – 2.30 am.
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