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McDowell 'envious, respectful, appreciative' of Rory

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HOYLAKE, England – Watching the BBC broadcast, Graeme McDowell said that he felt “jealousy” watching Rory McIlroy march off the 16th tee, this close to the claret jug.

No, that wasn’t the right word, G-Mac said a few moments later.

“Just envious and respectful and appreciative of the curly-haired kid,” he said.

They may or may not be as close as they once were, but McDowell heaped nothing but praise upon McIlroy, his former stablemate, in the wake of his two-shot victory Sunday at the Open.


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“You can’t play much better than Rory is hitting the ball,” he said. “That’s as good as it gets.”

Only two weeks removed from his French Open victory, McDowell didn’t play too shabby at Royal Liverpool either, improving each day (74-69-68-67) to finish joint ninth and earn some valuable Ryder Cup points.

“I’d love it to be me,” he said of making the walk down the 18th fairway, title in hand. “It’s the greatest walk in the world of golf. It’s in there inside of me somewhere.”