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'I'm not getting into a race with Shane or Pádraig' - G-Mac on Rio 2016

McDowell says he is more focused on making Darren Clarke’s Ryder Cup team.

McDowell during the second round of the Bridgestone Invitational.
McDowell during the second round of the Bridgestone Invitational.
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GRAEME MCDOWELL SAYS he is more focused on making Darren Clarke’s Ryder Cup team than battling Shane Lowry and Pádraig Harrington for a spot at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

After three missed cuts in his last four tournament, the former US Open winner has shown glimpses of his best this week at the WBC Bridgestone Invitational and remains in contention after two rounds.

The Northern Irishman says he is more preoccupied with his own game and playing his way back into the world’s top 20 to worry about the Olympics. But if the opportunity to partner Rory McIllroy in Rio does present itself, he would love to be there.

“I’ll be more interested in making the Ryder Cup team, to be honest with you, come that point in the season. That’s always my focus. I think the Olympics are so hard to quantify.

“I’m not going to get myself into a race with Shane or Pádraig. I’m just not going to get into a race with them. I’m going to be trying to take care of my own business and get myself on a Ryder Cup team and have a big 2016.

“If the Olympics gets in the way, great. I’m not going to get myself in a head-to-head battle with these guys. There’s no point. I can only control my golf ball. Of course I’d love to be there, let’s be honest.”

Originally published Saturday at 19.18

Read: Shane Lowry moves into second at Bridgestone after great day’s work

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