Graeme McDowell: “I have a lot of technique in my head to be honest and I have to strip that out; I’ve got to get back to basics and try to clear the mind.” Photograph: Getty

Graeme McDowell admitted he needs to “clear his mind” after his bid for a third successive French Open title came to an ignominious early end. McDowel(...)

 David Howell plays out of a bunker on to the second green during the first round of the Alstom Open de France at Le Golf National in Paris. Photograph: Tony Marshall/Getty Images

Graeme McDowell’s bid for a hat-trick of French Open titles looks like it will have to be done the hard way after a weather-disrupted opening day in P(...)

 Graeme McDowell, who failed to make the cut at the US Open at Chambers Bay, is this week aiming for a third successive French Open win. Photograph: Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Graeme McDowell will aim to write his name in the record books by securing a hat-trick in the Alstom Open de France at Le Golf National this week. (...)

Northern Irishman golfer Graeme McDowell poses with his trophy after winning the 2014 Alstom Open de France on. Photo: Thomas Sampson/Getty Images

Graeme McDowell is hoping a couple of factors will combine at this week’s French Open to belatedly kick-start his season. Firstly, the Northern Irishm(...)

Patrick Reed of the US makes his tee shot on the fifteenth hole with Puget Sound as a backdrop during the second round of the 115th US Open Championship golf tournament at Chambers Bay in University Place, Washington. Photograph: Erik S Lesser/EPA

Belt-tightening time, for the ride at this 115th edition of the US Open Championship – on greens which Henrik Stenson described as “borderline laughab(...)

Rory McIlroy hits a tee shot during practice ahead of the start of the US Open at Chambers Bay. Photograph: David Cannon/Getty Images

Bravery? Or foolhardy? We’ll soon see. If the USGA’s decision in bringing this 115th edition of the US Open to a new, links-style course crafted ou(...)

Tiger Woods hits a tee shot during a practice round prior to the start of the 115th US Open Championship at Chambers Bay. Photo: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Is this how it is going to be? In a throwback to the game’s origins, Erik Compton studiously worked out the best route to the hole. He was 60 yards (...)

Martin Kaymer hits an approach shot during a practice round prior to the start of the 115th US Open Championship at Chambers Bay. Photo: Harry How/Getty Images

What did Graeme McDowell do? Only open the floodgates, if you must know; after a drought of European winners that dated all the way back to Tony Ja(...)

A freight train passes Chambers Bay Golf Course. The train passes the course several times a day, adding an odd element to the course that could throw some golfers off. Photograph: Stuart Isett/The New York Times

Graeme McDowell can already picture the celebrations if he wins another US Open title to maintain Europe’s recent dominance of the year’s second major(...)

Pádraig Harrington has missed the cut at the St Jude Classic and will not qualify for the US Open. Photograph:   Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images

Pádraig Harrington’s hopes of playing in next week’s US Open were extinguished in Memphis yesterday after a level-par 70 left him on five over par at (...)