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Graeme McDowell

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (38) / 7/30/1979
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 168

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Overnight co-leader and World No. 219 Grame McDowell dropped back with a 1-under-par 35-35=70 in the third round of the Genesis Open, falling two spots to T3 on 8-under 205, two shy of 54-hole leader Bubba Watson.
The 38-year-old is vying for his fourth TOUR title in 191 career events, first since the 2016 OHL Classic 43 starts ago. At the OHL, his season debut, he came from three back with 5-under 66, eventually winning in a 3-man playoff. After opening with 69-66, the Ulsterman co-led with playing competitor Cantlay. Playing out of the final threesome, he hit seven (of 14) fairways and conjured 10 greens in regulation, gaining 0.574 strokes around-the-green but losing 0.246 on approach. The Orlando, Florida, resident squared two bogey-4s at holes 6 and 16, slightly outpaced by three circles at 2, 11 and 17. He recorded 1.800 putts per GIR and 0.017 SG: Putting with 27 total putts. McDowell will be in the penultimate threesome on Sunday. Feb 17 - 7:50 PM

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World No. 219 Graeme McDowell tied his career-low round at Riviera Country Club, styling a 5-under-par 32-34=66 during day two of the Genesis Open, joining Patrick Cantlay on 7-under 135 as the co-leaders in the clubhouse. UPDATE: With second-round play completed on Saturday morning, McDowell remained T1 with Cantlay.

The Northern Irishman arrived on the heels of four straight missed cuts, worldwide, but he's flipped the script at Riviera CC. After a steady three birdie, one bogey, effort on Thursday, he turned up the volume in round two (7 birdies, 2 bogeys). Steady striking was the name of the game as he striped 11 (of 14) fairways en route to 14 greens in regulation. His flat stick wasn't particularly strong as he didn't convert anything from outside 10 feet. On the bright side, McDowell used his putter from off the green at the par-3 4th to drain one from outside 50 feet. Today's round matches his career-low round at Riviera CC and also gives him his fourth career 36-hole lead/co-lead (if the lead holds), first since the 2015 OHL Classic. He went on to win two of those events.
Feb 16 - 8:29 PM

Graeme McDowell eased his way into a 2-under-par 32-37=69 during the opening round of the Genesis Open, placing him near the top of the leaderboard as the afternoon wave takes to the course.

G-Mac entered with a 2-for-3 record at this event but nothing better than a T41. Last year he also fired a 2-under 69 in the opening round, giving him a share of 32nd place after day one. The course is playing more difficult today as he currently sits in a share of sixth place. The secret to success was steady striking as he split 10 (of 14) fairways and peppered 13 greens in regulation. Both of those ratios currently sit inside the top 20 in the field. Gamers should watch McDowell closely as the week progresses since next week's Honda Classic is an event where G-Mac has collected two straight top 15s.
Feb 15 - 3:27 PM

Graeme McDowell heads to the United Arab Emirates this week to contest the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship for the first time since a third place in 2012.

G-Mac shot 72-69-68-68 to crack the top three six years ago and it followed another third place in 2011 when he opened with 66 and closed with 67. Gamers will have to wrestle with the merit of that course form after such a gap and McDowell returns this year ranked 189th in the world having once been a top five player. However, he was T10 at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas two months ago and was a decent T13 in last year's Dubai Desert Classic to show that he can still be a factor in desert conditions. With a Ryder Cup coming up later this year, he won't be short of motivation to start the season well.
Jan 17 - 5:32 AM

World No. 162 Graeme McDowell enjoyed a bogey-free 5-under-par 33-33=66 in the final round of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open to finish off his second appearance (CUT/2017) on 6-under 278, up 19 places to T10 and his first top 10 in 63 weeks.

The 38-year-old had four top 25s last season in 17 starts but this is his first top 10 since T5 at the 2016 Wyndham. He finished 136th in the FedExCup standings but is exempt thru 2017-18 off his third TOUR win at the 2016 OHL Classic (playoff). This was the Ulsterman's second start of the season, arriving off T64 at the no-cut CJ CUP two weeks ago on a sponsor invite (73-73-77-77). After opening in 70-70-72, he began T29 on 1-under, two shy of the overnight top 10. The UAB alum found nine (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, losing 0.348 strokes approaching-the-green but gaining 1.440 off-the-tee and 1.603 around-the-green. He circled five at holes 6, 9, 13, 16 and 18, four from between 10 and 28 feet. The Orlando resident posted 1.643 putts per GIR and 1.536 SG: Putting with 27 total putts.
Sun, Nov 5, 2017 09:57:00 PM

Graeme McDowell stayed patient and crafted a bogey-free 3-under-par 36-33=69 at St. Andrews in his opening round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland, ending the day in a tie for eighth spot.

That's just two swings behind leaders Nicolas Colsaerts and Paul Dunne. G-Mac has played this event on 12 previous occasions, finishing runner-up in 2004 and T3 in 2011. He showed all that experience today by remaining calm when the birdies wouldn't come early at the Old Course. G-Mac completed a full set of pars on his opening nine and missed an obvious chance to change the script at the short par-4 10th. Two more pars came at 11 and 12 before he finally broke free with birdie-3 at 13 followed by another at 14. After grinding out further pars at 15, 16 and 17, World No. 143 McDowell added a walk-off birdie to complete a fine day's work. He'll continue his week at Carnoustie tomorrow.
Thu, Oct 5, 2017 01:26:00 PM

Will it be a lucky 13th visit to the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship for Graeme McDowell?

The Northern Irishman owns something of an up-and-down record at the tournament hosted by The Old Course, St. Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns. Four of his first five trips there resulted in missed cuts, but the exception, which came plum in the middle of that run? He was second in 2004. Since then he is 7-for-7 with the last four returns all top 20s including T3 in 2011. Moreover, 11 of his last 12 laps in the event have been sub-70. His form is less solid. He was T19 in the Scottish Open, but either side of that missed seven cuts heading into last week's British Masters so T44 there counts as something of an upturn in fortunes, although only marginally. His last top ten finish was 51 weeks ago (in the British Masters at The Grove one week after the Dunhill on last year's schedule).
Wed, Oct 4, 2017 04:25:00 AM

Graeme McDowell returns to the British Masters this week at the new venue of Close House GC in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England.

The Northern Irishman is protected by his victory in the 2014 Open de France, but nonetheless his ranking of 156th on the Race to Dubai will be something he is keen to change in the coming weeks. That said he must arrest a slide in form to do so. He may have finished T19 in the Scottish Open but he missed three cuts before it and four since. There were another ten top 30 finishes earlier in the season (naturally most of them on the PGA Tour), but he hasn't seen the top ten since he was T4 in this tournament 12 months ago at The Grove. The course is new to everyone, but the event has always moved around and McDowell's ball striking has always helped him. He's 6-for-8, with the six weekends made all witnessing top 20 Ball-striking rankings as he has totalled five top 30s with two top tens in there for good measure.
Tue, Sep 26, 2017 06:09:00 AM

Graeme McDowell didn't make the field for The Open at Royal Birkdale but he's at Quail Hollow this week to contest the PGA Championship for the 13th time.

G-Mac has a decent record in the event with top 15 finishes in 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2013 although he's missed the last two cuts. He's not visited Quail Hollow since MC in 2006 although his last two appearances in North Carolina have resulted in T18 in this year's Wells Fargo Championship at Eagle Point and T5 at the 2016 Wachovia Championship. A modest season has taken a downwards turn with four missed cuts in his last five starts although he did show a flicker via T19 in July's Scottish Open. A winner at the 2010 U.S. Open, he's not had a top 10 in a major since 2014.
Wed, Aug 9, 2017 09:38:00 AM

Local hero Graeme McDowell took advantage of calm conditions to hoist up a 5-under-par 35-32=67 in his opening round at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, currently two back from the clubhouse lead.

G-Mac said earlier this week that the weather would very much dictate scores on the 7,118-yard par 72 and that was the case today with birdies flying everywhere. McDowell managed seven of them, the first three coming at 13, 14 and 16 after he'd teed off from the 10th. He then wobbled with back-to-back squares at 17 and 18 but played an impressive second nine to haul himself to just two behind leader Matthew Southgate. He got back on the birdie trail with a red number at 2 and made further gains at 4, 6 and 8. This is his lowest opening round in 16 appearances at the Irish Open. His best finish in the event is T6 at Fota Island in 2014.
Thu, Jul 6, 2017 08:44:00 AM

Graeme McDowell stumbled out of the gate in round two of the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational but closed strong to submit an even-par 38-32=70, keeping his name inside the top 10 heading into the weekend on 4-under 136.

McDowell had love at first sight yesterday in his first competitive round at Colonial Country Club. He wasn't feeling the love early on today, tough, as he missed a pair of putts from inside five feet, leading to a pair of bogeys and a double before the turn. As the wind died down in the afternoon, McDowell's scorecard reflected the conditions as he breezed home with a bogey-free, 3-under 32 on his homeward nine. McDowell doesn't overpower golf courses, so his game is a natural fit for Colonial, but he'll need to find his putter over the weekend if he wants to keep his name in the mix come Sunday afternoon.
Fri, May 26, 2017 07:08:00 PM

Grame McDowell coasted to a bogey-free, 4-under-par 33-33=66 during the opening round of the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational, staking out a spot one stroke off the early lead on Thursday with play still in progress.

The Northern Irishman steadied 10 (of 14) fairways en route to 11 greens in regulation. Three of his four birdies came from long distance, two on converted putts from the 17-to-21 foot range with the other coming on a hole out from 36'3" at the par-3 fourth hole. It wasn't all smooth sailing for the Ulsterman, though, as he needed to save par twice from outside nine feet to maintain the momentum. Opting to make his tournament debut here instead of traveling to take on a renovated Wentworth, McDowell looks to have made the right decision early on the in the week.
Thu, May 25, 2017 01:36:00 PM

Graeme McDowell grinded out a 4-under-par 34-34=68 during round one of the Valero Texas Open, positioning himself just two off the early leader Branden Grace.

The Northern Irishman split 10 (of 14) fairways but only mustered up 10 greens in regulation from there. The poor approach play put a lot of stress of his putter, but it certainly delivered. The first instance came at he par-5 second hole where he drained a 23'3" birdie putt. He would add five more putts from outside six feet, including another bomb (21'1" for birdie at the par-4 17th). G-Mac walked off the course gaining 3.71 strokes putting on the day. McDowell is making his second appearance at the Valero Texas Open, withdrawing during the opening round with a foot injury during his 2015 debut.
Thu, Apr 20, 2017 05:11:00 PM

Making his tournament debut, World No. 82 and pre-tourney co-fave Graeme McDowell bogeyed his final three holes en route to a 1-under-par 32-39=71 and at 2-under 71-71=142, missed the cut by one shot.

A total of 81 players from a field of 130 pros and two amateurs made the cut on 3-under 141 so a second cut of low 70 and ties will take place after 54 holes. McDowell, a 16/1 outright, opened with a four-birdie three bogey 71 and began his second frame with a 4-under bogey-free first half, circling birdies at Nos. 2 and 6 and eagling the par-5 fifth. He came home in 4-over however, outbalancing birdie-3 at 12 with bogeys at 11 and 16-18. Other notable early exits include: 142- Ian Poulter; Matt Jones; Dominic Bozzelli ... 143- Graham DeLaet; 2012 champ George McNeill; Nick Taylor ... 144- Ryo Ishikawa ... 145- Seamus Power; Camilo Villegas ... 146- Andres Romero; Thorbjorn Olesen ... 150- Brandon Hagy.
Sat, Mar 25, 2017 09:24:00 AM

World No. 82 Graeme McDowell is at Coco Beach Golf and Country Club for his debut in the Puerto Rico Open.

The 37-year-old may be getting his first look at the 7,506-yard par-72 layout but he's a pre-tourney co-fave (outright) at 16/1 with TOUR rookie Wesley Bryan. His most recent (of three) TOUR victories came at the 2016 OHL Classic, two Novembers ago, where he was the 36-hole leader but had to come from three back in the final round (with 5-under 66), eventually prevailing in a 3-man playoff. The long-time Orlando resident posted a T28 last week as a co-host at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and overall, is 5-for-6 on the season with three top 25s, checking in at 99th in the FedExCup standings. His season best is a pair of T14s in back-to-back starts at the Valspar and Honda Classic.
Wed, Mar 22, 2017 06:14:00 PM