Graeme McDowell has a few busy weeks ahead of him

Graeme McDowell walks the bridge to the 13th fairway during the pro-am Wednesday at Glen Abbey Golf...

Graeme McDowell walks the bridge to the 13th fairway during the pro-am Wednesday at Glen Abbey Golf Club. (REUTERS)

KEN FIDLIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:56 PM ET

OAKVILLE, ONT. - The last time Graeme McDowell came to a Canadian Open, he was a fledgling pro, learning the ropes at his third PGA Tour event. He comes back more than a decade later as a United States Open champ, a decorated Ryder Cup winner and the No. 8-ranked player in the world.

“First time back here in 11 years,” the Northern Ireland native said. “It makes me feel old.”

People in southern Ontario have made him feel quite at home.

“It’s a lot of fun to be here in Canada,” he said. “I’ve had an amazing reception. The last couple of days I’ve met more people from Northern Ireland than I generally do when I’m in Northern Ireland. I’ve had a few pub recommendations.”

While a lot of players are trying to catch a second wind at this point in the schedule, McDowell has paced himself this year and is looking forward to a busy time the next two months, for more reasons than golf.

“I played less golf through June than I have at any point in my career,” he said.


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