McDowell delighted to be in the first WGC field since 2016

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McDowell missed this month's cutback at Pebble Beach Pro-Am in California

Graeme McDowell believes his return to the Golf World Championships this week is important for his hopes of making the European Ryder Cup team.

The Northern Irishman plays in his first WGC event since 2016, when he turns off in Mexico on Thursday.

He earned his place in the field after his victory at the Saudi International in early February brought him back to & # 39; the world's top 50.

"We are here to do a job this week," said the 39-year-old.

"This is certainly no cherry on the cake of the victory in Saudi Arabia. This is about to start the rest of the season and use these events as platforms to get where I want to be.

"It's important to me, if I have aspirations to be on the Ryder Cup team, that I have to be in the WGC & # 39; s and Major championships, so it's really important to take that first step get my schedule where it should be and hopefully I can continue from here. "

McDowell was one of Europe & # 39; s vice captains during the last Ryder Cup

McDowell & # 39; s success at the Saudi International was his first win in the European Tour title in six years and his 11th on the circuit.

He had entered the tournament 104th ranked world-wide, but the lifting of the trophy brought him to 47th, 10 years after he won the US Open.

"I have played many WGCs in my career and I think you can take them a little for granted," added the Portrush resident.

"They are great tournaments when you bring together the best players from all over the world here in Mexico.

" It's the first time to see the golf course for me and it's a great job. It reminds me a bit of Valderrama and you clearly have the height so that the ball goes a long way. But I'm excited to be back in these WGC events. "

Open champion Shane Lowry, who also focuses on a place in the European team of Padraig Harrington, returns to action at the WGC-Mexico championship-week break after a second.

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