Graeme McDowell can turn his season around with a good run in the FedEx Cup. Picture by Fran Caffrrey/www.golffile.ieTwelve months ago Graeme McDowell tossed a quote around in his head again and again.

He was still going over it in his mind at the Honda Classic in March, scene of his most recent top-10 finish in strokeplay event.

“I remember reading Michael Campbell’s quote when he said that no one actually ever tells you how to get back down from the peak of Everest when you have climbed to the summit,” McDowell said when asked how he’d deal with being a major winner.

“A lot of people die on the way back down. I remember that kind of hitting home.”

No-one wants to be classed as a one-hit wonder but McDowell, who has slipped from sixth to 13th in the world since the end of last season, has undoubtedly struggled to come to terms with his own high expectations since his US Open victory and subsequent heroics.

The season has been a write-off as far as the majors go with missed cuts in the Masters, the Open and the US PGA only interrupted by a share of 14th place behind Rory McIlroy in the US Open.

The 32-year old Portrush man knew the pitfalls but couldn’t avoid them and now enters the FedEx Cup play-offs at The Barclays this week hoping to salvage something from the year before deciding whether or not to retain membership of the PGA Tour ahead of the forthcoming Ryder Cup campaign.

“It’s tough,” McDowell said at the Honda. “Obviously there’s expectation level that I create for myself and of course the world around me creates the expectation but it’s the one inside me that can be the danger when I go out there every day trying to prove something to myself or prove something to everyone else around me.”

McDowell hasn’t been undone by his end of year equipment change but his short winter break, his own high expectations and a loss of form with the putter.

He complained after the US PGA that he drove the ball poorly and having explored his mental game and putting, he intended to go back to the drawing board with his game.

Those were the words of a very disappointed man and he was closer to the truth when he said: “I have got to stay patient and stay in it and keep working hard and there will be light at the end of the tunnel soon.”

With a couple of days to reflect on his disappointing performance at Atlanta Athletic Club, he said: “Once I get things going again, and I know I will, I can get properly stuck in again for the rest of the season.”

Putting more pressure on himself will not lead to good results any time soon and but he might glean some perspective from a special event he’s hosting in New York City tonight.

The Ulsterman will be joined by PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem at Rosie O’Grady’s on 7th Avenue for the launch of The G-Mac Foundation which will help support children’s medical research among other worthy causes.

A class act off the course, McDowell will soon realise that he’s always been a class act on it.