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Graeme McDowell: 'Missed cuts makes victory sweeter'

McDowell motivated by missed cuts
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Graeme McDowell admits that his recent poor form makes his victory at the French Open feel even more special.

Graeme McDowell has described his win at the French Open as "very special" following a few difficult months on the tour.

The Northern Irishman has missed a number of halfway cuts in recent weeks and admits that it was a relief to perform so impressively over the weekend at the future Ryder Cup venue.

"It's very special after the last couple of months," said McDowell. "It's been a bit of a battle. It's been a funny year.

"My game has not felt far away most weeks but I have missed a lot more cuts than normal and missing cuts hurts. It certainly motivated me a lot the last few weeks.

"The US Open was a tough one to take and missing the cut in Ireland last week; it made me more hungry to want to be in positions like I was this afternoon."

McDowell has won three tournaments this season.

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