Graeme McDowell knows he's not a shoo-in for Ryder Cup
A long way to go for the US Open-winning Ulsterman.
Graeme McDowell won his first non-major on the PGA Tour last year (which is kind of hard to believe) and wants to follow it up with something more in 2014.
He's writing a series of blog posts for the BBC and came out with his first one on Monday. He said a lot of his focus this year is on staying fit and energetic all year and he's trying not to look forward to the Ryder Cup in September.
"It is very early to get obsessed about it. Come May and June, form is going to be more important. I just know I have to give him all the reasons to have me in the side -- ideally qualifying automatically and not having to rely on one of his three wild card picks."
But it's not too early for us to look at it! McDowell is currently 12 golfers off the pace for being an auto-qualifier.
He has been on the last three European Ryder Cup teams.
"Looking at the numbers, there are three or four players who already seem locked in to the team - the likes of Henrik Stenson, Victor Dubuisson, Thomas Bjorn and Jamie Donaldson.
"None of them played at Medinah last time so it's clear some good players are going to miss out and I'm acutely aware it could be me. That's why you just have to focus on your game and let the Ryder Cup come in a run of good form."
McDowell is one of those rare athletes who seems self-aware enough to not presume certain ends as foregone conclusions. He knows he'll have to earn it.
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