US Open 2014: Graeme McDowell pleased with opening 68

Graeme McDowell is happy with his impressive 68 in Thursday's first round of the US Open at Pinehurst.

The 2010 champion, who was paired with fellow Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, was among the early leaders in North Carolina.

McDowell said it would be special to win the tournament in the same week as news broke of the Open Championship returning to his hometown of Portrush.