Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 7/8/13

THOUSAND OAKS, CA - DECEMBER 06: Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland warms up on the first hole during the fourth round of the Chevron World Challenge at Sherwood Country Club on December 6, 2009 in Thousand Oaks, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
It would have been easy enough for Graeme McDowell, when asked before the Irish Open about skipping the Scottish Open, to simply say he needed the week to prepare for the British Open after that. Instead the Northern Irishman took a bit of a stand with some direct comments. "The Scottish Open has lost its identity and its prestige. Castle Stuart probably has not been a strong enough golf course," McDowell told The Scottish Sun. "Let's see them get the Scottish Open on a phenomenal links golf course with a great purse and get a world-class field back. "We need to be capitalizing a little harder on the week before and after the Open." That drew the ire of Paul Lawrie, a Scotsman who won the British in 1999 -- as well as comparisons to McDowell's national open. "My answer to what he said would simply be that the Scottish Open has a title sponsor, it's got more money than Graeme's national open and it's played on a links course," Lawrie told The Herald of Scotland. "Everyone is ent...
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