Justin Rose and Graeme McDowell confident of European winner at US Open

Last Updated: 13/06/13 11:06am

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Justin Rose (right) and Graeme McDowell (left) were part of Europe's Ryder Cup winning side at Medina last year

Justin Rose (right) and Graeme McDowell (left) were part of Europe's Ryder Cup winning side at Medina last year

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The US Open gets underway at Merion later today and Ryder Cup pair Justin Rose and Graeme McDowell believe there is every chance of a European winner on Sunday evening.

"I think the Europeans definitely have a chance," said McDowell. "I think typically we are straighter drivers of the golf ball than the Americans."

"Absolutely, we'll take whatever," agreed Rose.

Adding, when it was suggested a Brit in could emerge victorious: "As long as you sell yourself that story then we've got every chance."

One reason for such optimism is a more familiar feel to the course for the European and, in particular, British contingent, according to Rose.

"It's almost like a Heathland course; it's almost like where I grew up - sort of Sunningdale, Walton Heath and places like that. It's definitely got a British look to it," said the world No 5.

Flattering

Such conditions have led many to tip 2010 winner McDowell to prosper at Merion but the Northern Irishman played down such suggestions.

"It's nice and it's flattering but it doesn't mean anything, unfortunately," he said. "I've got to go and execute my game plan as well as I can - grind, chip, put."

Rose was also keen to dismiss another popular notion ahead of competition's 113th tournament - the predictions of a record low score.

"With a bit of breeze out here, you know, there's no let up. If you miss a shot, for the most part, you're going to be really, really struggling for your par," he remarked. "So I see a lot of guys have rounds with five or six birdies and four or five bogeys - it's going to be that type of golf course."

World number eight McDowell responded similarly to the indication that the players would have an easy ride this week.

"What do they call it? Golf's toughest test? They do try and make this tough and tricky and a test of patience," he said.

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