Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Graeme McDowell says marriage and fatherhood have challenged his motivation

Graeme McDowell: 2010 US Open champion has admitted becoming a father has challenged his 'desire and urge to go out there and grind and practice'.
Graeme McDowell: 2010 US Open champion
Graeme McDowell has revealed a tough 12 months has seen him questioning his motivation to stay in golf.
The 2010 US Open champion from Northern Ireland has recorded just one top-10 finish on the European Tour this year and says he struggled for motivation after the birth of his daughter Vale in 2014.
McDowell's US Open victory in 2010 was the first of four wins in the past five years by European players, with fellow Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy and Ryder Cup team-mates Justin Rose and Martin Kaymer following in his footsteps.
"I've been wrestling a little bit with my level of motivation the last 12 months with getting married and having a baby and all the exciting things in my life happening," McDowell said ahead of this week's US Open at Chambers Bay.
"I haven't felt the same desire and urge to go out there and grind and practise, and that's affected my game.
"It's one of those things that you never think is going to happen to you, I suppose. But I think when it happens, I think it's important to have a good team of people around you to help you acknowledge it and help you sift through kind of where the problems lie.
"Is it that you don't love the game anymore or is it the fact that you just love being home with the family a bit more than normal? So I think just acknowledging it is obviously a big part of it. It's not fun.
"I obviously haven't enjoyed the season; not playing well, not scoring well, losing a little of confidence and belief. Thinking am I done, finished, washed up? Should I think about getting a new job?
"All these crazy human-instinct thoughts go through your mind and it's just about trying to get back in your processes and trust what you're doing.
"And knowing that it's not necessarily going to happen fast.
"You've got to just dig in and start grinding again and go back to all the things that worked in the past. And just start enjoying the game really.
"It's hard. It's not been fun this year, definitely been one of the tougher seasons in the last seven or eight.
"But I feel like I'm learning a lot from it. Something I've done well in my career to this point is reacting well to the tough years and coming out the other side better and stronger and smarter.
"That's what I'm kind of in right now, I'm in that learning curve and looking forward to being back on the leaderboard very soon."
Asked what other job he could have done, McDowell joked: "I don't know what I'd do. I didn't get my engineering degree, so I can't see me going back to college at this point."



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