GMac aiming to copy Clarke

Graeme McDowell says he hopes Darren Clarke’s triumph at the Open last year will inspire him to victory as he looks to emulate his compatriot and claim the Claret Jug (McDowell 4/1 Open outright).

GMac will join current leader Adam Scott in the last pairing at Royal Lytham & St Annes on Sunday afternoon, with Australian Scott four shots ahead at 11-under after a third round score of 68.

McDowell will hope his recent good form can help him hunt down Scott as he looks to win his second major after victory at the 2010 US Open.

On that occasion, the 32-year-old came from three shots back to win the competition at Pebble Beach in testing conditions.

With high winds forecast for the North West on Sunday afternoon, McDowell is likely to have to be at his best again if he is to overhaul Scott, who is 4/6 to win his first major.

McDowell says he will look for inspiration from last year’s winner Darren Clarke, who became the first Northern Irishman to win the Open since Fred Daly in 1947.

“Darren will be an inspiration and someone that I’ll think about a little bit tomorrow,” said McDowell.

“I said to him, ‘I’ve got a funny feeling we’ll maybe be bringing that Claret Jug back to Northern Ireland’.”

McDowell and Scott will tee off at 14:30, with McDowell 5/6 to win the fourth round 2 balls, while Scott is 6/5 and the tie is 8/1.

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