"His game is suited really well for the majors, anyway," said Rory McIlroy, McDowell's good friend and fellow Northern Irishman. "He doesn't do anything wrong. He makes a lot of pars, gives himself lots of chances. And he's got a great short game. ... I had sort of viewed winning majors as this higher level, and it just made me realize that it wasn't. You just needed to play well in the right week, and have a few things go your way."