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McDowell ties 8th at Canadian Open to qualify for Royal Portrush

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Graeme McDowell says he feels “hugely relieved” to have qualified to play in the Open Championship in Portrush in July.

The Portrush golfer finished in joint 8th place in the RBC Canadian Open .

He needed to finish in the top 10 and drained his monster par putt at the 18th to do just that, finishing alongside Danny Willett and Henrik Stenson on 10 under par.

After finishing, Graeme spoke about his relief to be able to play in the Open next month.

“Just to play a small part in getting The Open back to Royal Portrush was one of the prouder moments in my career and it would have been extremely bittersweet for me not to be playing in the field.”

“I had every belief in myself to get qualifying done over the next three or four weeks and it was great to get it done in week one. I can now focus on getting myself ready for The Open rather than battling for qualifying spots. I haven’t played the course much since the new holes were created so now I’ll plan a little recce mission to play the course over the coming weeks.”

“It’s going to feel epic on that first tee. The fans are going to offer huge support and they are excited to have the best players in the world come to Portrush. It’s going to be very special.”

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Meanwhile Rory McIlroy shot a final round of 61 to win the RBC Canadian Open by seven shots.

The Northern Irishman was in sublime form on Sunday, blitzing the field to finish on 22 under par. He broke the tournament record by five shots to claim his 16th career PGA Tour title.

His win in Ontario is the perfect preparation for the US Open, the third major of the year,which begins on Thursday.