French Open: Graeme McDowell targets third win of the season
Graeme McDowell has the chance to maintain an odd streak in the final round of the Alstom Open de France on Sunday.
Last Updated: 07/07/13 1:32pm
The Northern Irishman has either won or missed the cut in each of his last seven events, but shares the lead at Le Golf National after carding a third round of 70 to finish five under par.
Only 18 players finished the third round under par and, asked about about the prospect of securing a third win of the season on the closing stretch, McDowell said: "I hadn't really thought about it but thanks for pointing that out!
"I hope I have the opportunity. It's going to be phenomenal come 2018. The last four holes are as dramatic a risk-reward finish as you could imagine with a combination of a natural ampitheatre.
"The 15th and 18th are two phenomenal holes, especially the pin position on 15 today. When the caddie in the group in front put the pin back in the hole on 15 I thought he'd missed the green with it. It looked like it was in the water."
McDowell shares the lead with South Africa's Richard Sterne at the 2018 Ryder Cup venue, which proved a tough proposition.
"This course demands fairways and greens; most courses do but this one even more so," he said.
"Shots off line here get punished heavily. The greens are very firm. I described it earlier this week as a Scottish or Irish links meets the Players Championship at Sawgrass.
"It's got the risk-reward with the water and it's fast and firm like a links course. It's a great combination."
McDowell, who stayed on at Carton House to practice - along with compatriot Rory McIlroy - after missing the cut in last week's Irish Open, added: "It's been a rough couple of months, a few weekends off to contemplate what's going on, but it's done nothing but motivate me to work harder and harder and be more hungry for days like tomorrow so I will be excited and looking forward to it."