Graeme McDowell on how fatherhood made him "refocus" his game

The Antrim native welcomed his first son at the end of 2016

Graeme McDowell, Golf, Ireland

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Graeme McDowell says the birth of his second child has forced him to "refocus" his game ahead of the new season.

The 37-year-old welcomed his first son, Wills Edson McDowell, into the world last September and the Portrush native says his arrival has "stabilized" his life. 

"It's been a nice off season, trying to get my little man to sleep," he said. "There's been a lot of family stuff going on over the last few years and I feel like that start of my life is starting to stabilize. I'm done having babies and now I need to start focusing on playing some golf again.

"It really hasn't been the type of few years I want, so there's been a process of refocusing and re-dedicating. I'm looking forward to this year."

 

Baby Wills Edson McDowell born Monday at 9lbs 1oz. Momma and baby doing great and Dada very proud. #life #blessed

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McDowell returns to action this weekend at the Commercialbank Qatar Masters and says he's had good experiences at the event.

"I've been comng here [to Doha] for many years, this is the first time I've been back in five years but I've played here many times before that. It's amazing to see what's going on with the city here. The skyline just continues to grow and obviously they're working toward the 2022 World Cup. It's an exciting city.

"The golf course has always been fantastic here. The wind is a huge element and plays an huge part in the scoring on the weekend."