IF Graeme McDowell does not win this week's British Open, starting tonight at Muirfield, you won't hear him blaming the course.
The Northern Irishman, who looked the most likely challenger to Adam Scott during the final round last year, before South Africa's Ernie Els trumped them both, was full of praise for East Lothians links course.
"It's a fantastic golf course," McDowell said. "It's right up there. I'd probably say Birkdale, Turnberry, Lytham and this one, in no particular order, that's my four favourite Open courses.
"It's strength is that it doesn't have a lot of weaknesses. It doesn't feel long, but, let's be honest, when a links course is playing this firm and fast, it doesn't have to be long. It's well-bunkered, and I think they have done a great job with the rough this week."
McDowell will play alongside Tiger Woods and 2010 Open champion Louis Oosthuizen in the first two rounds.
He said he always enjoyed playing with Woods.
"He's always a great guy to play with, very complimentary. He's the best player in the world and maybe the best player ever, so he's the sort of guy you want to play with."