From Cloud 9 to Cloud 5


ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Graeme McDowell admitted that he’s glad this week is over. The recent U.S. Open champion said he had difficulty focusing at the Open Championship because everywhere he went people and players were congratulating him on his victory at Pebble Beach. He appreciated the thanks, but found it difficult to find a spark to play well this week at the Old Course.

“I’ve tried so hard to be focused, but it didn’t happen,” said McDowell, who shot a final-round 70 and ended the championship 3 under par. “The putter is a little cold. I obviously wore it out at Pebble.”

McDowell said that he’s down from the proverbial Cloud 9 to “Cloud 5” since the U.S. Open and says believes that he’ll be more of an afterthought once a new champion is crowned here Sunday evening. Either way, there will be a first time major winner.

His advice to Louis Oosthuizen, Paul Casey and Lee Westwood in their pursuit was: “There’s that little lingering sense of disbelief that you’re out there on Sunday with a chance to win. But keep playing steady and see what happens.”