Graeme McDowell pleased with "special" French Open victory

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Graeme McDowell bounced back from recent disappointments to claim his third tournament victory of the 2013 season in the Alstom Open de France at Le Golf National on Sunday.

The Northern Irishman's final round score of 67 meant he finished four shots clear of fellow overnight leader Richard Sterne on nine-under par, to follow up his wins at the RBC Heritage and the World Match Play Championship in Bulgaria earlier this year.

McDowell arrived in Paris in poor form, having missed the cut in five of his previous six stroke-play events - including the US Open and last week's Irish Open - but came out fighting to move into second place in the Race to Dubai standings, after claiming the £430,000 prize.

The 33-year-old described his latest victory at a tough venue that is set to stage the 2018 Ryder Cup as "special", with less than two weeks to go until the start of the third major of the year, The Open Championship at Muirfield.

"It's been a funny year because my game hasn't felt far away most weeks," McDowell told BBC Sport. "But I've missed a lot of cuts and missing cuts hurts. That has certainly motivated me a lot these last few weeks."

Englishman Graeme Storm and Eduardo De La Riva of Spain shared third place on four-under, one shot behind South African Sterne, who finished the tournament on five-under-par 279.

Further back, Ian Poulter ended tied-25th on two-over par 286, while Luke Donald finished way down in joint 42nd on six-over-par 290.



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