McDowell eyeing Ryder Cup return

09 October 2017 10:42:58 EST

Former US Open champion Graeme McDowell has set his sights on ensuring he makes a fifth Ryder Cup appearance at Le Golf National in Paris next year.

McDowell is without a top ten finish in the last 12 months, but was in an upbeat mood after ending in a tie for 15th place at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, having ended the tournament with a round of 67 at St Andrews.

A strong finish to the year can really put you on the radar.

Graeme McDowell

And the 2010 US Open winner is hoping to secure some more good results in the coming weeks, as he prepares for a busy schedule when the European Tour heads to Australia, South Africa and the Middle East.

He told Omnipsort: "There are a lot of points up for grabs between now and Christmas and there's always a guy who plays hard between now and Christmas and really puts himself right in the crosshairs and can barely miss the team.

"So a strong finish to the year can really put you on the radar and come May, June, July next year - that's when the pressure really starts to build.

"Hopefully I can play well between now and then and have things reasonably taken care of."

McDowell was a member of the Europe team who claimed Ryder Cup victory in 2010, 2012 and 2014, with only his 2008 debut ending in defeat to the United States.

He missed out in 2016 as the European team were beaten 17-11 by their hosts at Hazeltine in Minnesota.

Europe are 11/8 to regain the Ryder Cup in France next year and are 11/8 to win the match outright, with victory for the USA priced at 8/11.

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