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Last Updated: Sunday, 17 July, 2005, 15:01 GMT 16:01 UK
McDowell happy to end on a high
Graeme McDowell
Graeme McDowell finished strongly in the 2005 Open
Graeme McDowell came home in just 31 strokes on the final day of the Open to finish joint 11th at St Andrews.

McDowell managed to put Saturday's quadruple-bogey eight behind him by getting birdies at five of the last seven holes to card a 67.

"That eight hurt me because I knew how close I was to featuring in the top 20 of the leaderboard," said McDowell who ended on a six-under total of 282.

Darren Clarke finished one shot behind McDowell after a closing one-over 73.

McDowell's birdie run started at the 12th where he holed from six feet and at the next he then dropped one from 40 feet.

Another six-footer at the par-five 14th took him to four under before a rolling 20-foot effort at 16 was followed by a two-putt birdie at the last after driving the green.

McDowell did well enough to record his best finish of a short major career.

Paul McGinley had a double-bogey six for a third successive day at the 17th and finished the tournament on one under par.

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