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GMac: "I can win second major"

"The fact I came second and gave myself a chance of winning means I will take a huge number of positives from this week," said McDowell.

"I was nervous on the last two days but hit quality shots under pressure. I am very proud of how I played overall."

Graeme McDowell says his near brush with glory at The Olympic Club has galvanised him and given him belief that more majors are on their way.

"The fact I came second and gave myself a chance of winning means I will take a huge number of positives from this week," said McDowell.

"I was nervous on the last two days but hit quality shots under pressure. I am very proud of how I played overall."

McDowell memorably won the 2010 event at Pebble Beach becoming the first man from Northern Ireland to win the event.

Less than 100 miles from the site of his victory two years earlier, McDowell was tied for the lead at the start of Sunday but a disappointing front nine ultimately left him with too much to do, despite several birdies on the final nine holes.

A 25 foot putt could have given McDowell a playoff against eventual Webb Simpson but he went narrowly wide and he had to settle for par.

"It was tough out there, I got off to a slow start and didn't give myself opportunities," he said.
"It was disappointing but I missed too many fairways and that is not ideal at the US Open.

"These tournaments are a bit like riding a rollercoaster - it hurts at the time and it's a bit scary but when you look back, you think 'that's pretty enjoyable, I'd like to do that again'.

"The crowd were fantastic, they really kept me going, I'm just disappointed I couldn't do it for them."

McDowell's next stop on the calendar will be a return home for his land's preeminent event.

"I'm excited about the Irish Open, and I guess there will be a little bit of expectation on me now," he added.

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