2012 Golf US Open: Why Graeme McDowell Will Capture US Open Crown

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2012 Golf US Open: Why Graeme McDowell Will Capture US Open Crown
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Graeme McDowell will take a step down memory lane on the final day of the 2012 US Open. 

In 2010, McDowell won the 2010 US Open while shooting even par. It's going to happen again.

McDowell doesn't have great success in other major tournaments, but he plays well at the US Open. It's the style of golf he would prefer. 


When other golfers are shooting horrific rounds due to the difficult course, McDowell has remained consistent.

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McDowell is one of a very few amount of players who has shot under par twice in the three days.

That consistency is what will bring him another championship on Sunday.

If he can maintain his confidence, trust his stroke and believe in his game, he will win his second major title. 


Winning in 2010 will have a major impact coming down the stretch on the back nine. When others are feeling the pressure of major tournaments and the difficult course, McDowell will remember what he did in 2010.

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Confidence is key in sports, especially in golf. When someone loses their confidence, it's lights out for that tournament.

The 2012 US Open tests your confidence and belief to remain patient. Some can achieve the results they are looking for, but most can't. 

McDowell has done it before and it will, without a doubt, help him this go-around. 

No Tiger Woods

Regardless of Tiger Woods' form, hearing the roars would be something nobody would want to witness. Any time you go against Woods on the final day of the tournament, you better be on top of your game. 

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Most people aren't.

But now that Woods shot himself basically out of the tournament with a five-over-par Saturday, you don't have to worry about that mystique.

This is McDowell's tournament to win given his recent experience, form and style of play.

US Open Leaderboard (Courtesy of ESPN.com)

Player Score     Thru 
T1. Graeme McDowell -1 6:10 p.m. ET
T1. Jim Furyk -1 6:10 p.m. ET
3. Fredrik Jacobson +1  6:00 p.m. ET
T4. Nicolas Colsaerts +2 5:40 p.m. ET
T4. Blake Adams +2 5:50 p.m. ET
T4. Ernie Els  +2  5:50 p.m. ET
T4. Lee Westwood  +2 6:00 p.m. ET
T8. John Peterson  +3 3
T8. Beau Hossler   +3 2
T8. Jason Dufner +3

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