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McDowell there again

G-Mac in final group for second straight major

Last Updated: 21/07/12 9:32pm

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Graeme McDowell: Another final group appearance

Graeme McDowell: Another final group appearance

Graeme McDowell is determined to provide Northern Ireland with back-to-back Open champions after earning a place in Sunday's final pairing at Royal Lytham.

The 2010 US Open winner will start the final day four shots behind Adam Scott after producing an enthralling finish to his third-round 67 - his third sub-70 score of the tournament.

McDowell made light of the tricky pin positions on the back nine as he birdied 13, 14 and 17 in a flawless inward 33 that lifted him to seven under par.

He said: "Darren Clarke was getting a few snaps and a few family portraits done with the Claret Jug last week and I said to him, 'I've got a funny feeling that we'll maybe be bringing that Claret Jug back to Northern Ireland next week'.

"I was talking really from the opportunities that myself and him and Rory and Michael Hoey have as a whole, and I guess it would be fairly prophetic if I happened to get the job done on Sunday.

"There's no doubt I think Darren will be an inspiration and someone that I'll think about a little bit.

"Since I was a young boy I dreamed of coming down that last fairway on a Sunday afternoon, the last group in The Open Championship.

"This is special for me, back-to-back major championships to be in the last group on a Sunday afternoon.

"I can't expect to win this week, but what I can expect to do is compete if I do the right things. That's really all I can ask and I'm right where I want to be."

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