Graeme McDowell of Portrush was one of Europe & # 39; s vice captains at the Ryder Cup 2018
Graeme McDowell said that his best golf could still be for him after demanding his first European Tour victory since 2014 at the Saudi International.
The golfer from Northern Ireland finished Sunday 12 years to win with two shots for Dustin Johnson for his 11th win at the European circuit.
"It has been 10 years since I played the best wave of my life," said McDowell, whose only major success is the US Open 2010.
"I now have the feeling that I am heading in the right direction again."
He added: "I have my head around it. I am trying to do it again with the golf ball and what I am trying to do with the swing thanks to Kevin Kirk, with whom I started working last August.
"Pete Cowen has stood by my side for many years and I have Kenny [Combie] on the bag. I have a solid team and life is peaceful.
McDowell wins Saudi International
"I have a wonderful wife and a wonderful family – I am very happy with what is going on in my life now. I feel that the ripples in the pond have stabilized and that I am in a good place "To golf.
" Kevin said that there is & # 39; no reason why the best golf in your career cannot be for you & # 39; and I like that idea. I love that focus. "
McDowell, who started the week as 104th in the world but has risen to 47, said his first European Tour title came in almost six years earlier than he thought.
" I didn't realize it was so long ago to be honest, "said the 40-year-old.
McDowell received a warning for slow play on Friday after doing a TV interview on the course
"I am very excited and relieved about what a huge win is. It is a very difficult golf course and it is unusual to feeling as uncomfortable as I did on the track.
"My big goal this year was to get back into the top 50 of the world and participate in the big tournaments again. I'm really excited that it happened a little earlier than expected, but hopefully it lays the foundation for a big year. "
Overnight leader McDowell made three bogeys in his first 13 holes on Sunday, as his lead was reduced to just one shot, but birdies at 14 and 15 calmed the nerves.
gain first global victory since his PGA Tour success in the Dominican Republic last March.