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A RE­JU­VE­NATED Graeme McDowell heads into his ti­tle de­fence at this week’s OHL Clas­sic at Mayakoba in Mex­ico fer­vently hop­ing he can iron out a few in­con­sis­ten­cies in his game that have marred his 2016 cam­paign. The for­mer US Open cham­pion posted five top-10s in 21 starts on the 2015-16 PGA Tour, in­clud­ing a play­off vic­tory in Mex­ico 12 months ago, but his ‘bad’ weeks led to a to­tal of 10 missed cuts on the US cir­cuit.

“I’ve been dis­ap­pointed that I haven’t kicked on bet­ter this year, to be hon­est,” McDowell, 37, told re­porters while pre­par­ing for the open­ing round at El Ca­ma­leon Golf Club.

“Fin­ish­ing with the type of mo­men­tum I did last year, I re­ally felt like I was go­ing to kick on a lit­tle bit more. But tak­ing the positives out of this year, when I have played well, I’ve main­tained my week­ends and con­tin­ued to play well and posted

sev­eral good rounds. The in­con­sis­ten­cies have been those missed cuts.”

The straight-hit­ting McDowell, whose only ma­jor vic­tory came at the 2010 US Open, missed the cut last week at the Shriners Hos­pi­tals for Chil­dren Open in Las Ve­gas on his first start on the 2016-17 PGA Tour.

Over­all, though, the globe-trot­ting North­ern Ir­ish­man is in up­beat mood for his ti­tle de­fence at Playa del Car­men where he tri­umphed last year in a three-way play­off.

“It is a challenge that we face year on year, try­ing to work out how to sched­ule our­selves as well as we pos­si­bly can, stay as fresh as we pos­si­bly can, es­pe­cially for a guy like my­self play­ing both the PGA Tour and the Euro­pean Tour,” said McDowell.

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