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Graeme McDowell

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

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Graeme McDowell captured the Italian Open back in 2004 and has the chance to win the event for a second time after crafting a bogey-free 33-33=66 in round two to claim a share of the 36-hole clubhouse lead alongside Rafa Cabrera Bello on 10-under 132, one clear of Erik Van Rooyen, Haotong Li and Thorbjorn Olesen.
That victory 14 years ago gave him the second of his European Tour trophies, a tally which now stands at 10 although he hasn't added to it since the 2010 Open de France. Today's lap of Gardagolf CC matched his round one score although he took a very different route to 66 today. In contrast to the eagle, six birdies and three bogeys in his opener, G-Mac handed in a clean card with five red numbers and 13 pars. Those gains came at 13, 15 and 16 on his opening nine and at 1 and 9 coming home. McDowell isn't happy with the way he's driving it this week but said later his irons and short-game were making amends for his loose stuff from the tee. Jun 1 - 7:39 AM

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Graeme McDowell is running low on form and course history as he prepares to tee it up in the BMW PGA Championship at the Wentworth Club in Virginia Water, England.

The best result McDowell ever had at Wentworth? Playing with the winner Simon Khan in the final round in 2010. Afterwards he talked to the Irish press and insisted it could have been him, convinced he was playing well enough to win. He proved it too, winning the Wales and US Open in the next four weeks. But more literally he has struggled in the tournament. He's 8-for-13 and T13 in 2009 is his only top 25 finish. He's also on a run of 15 events since his last top ten anywhere in the world (T10 Shriner's Hospital for Children Open).
May 22 - 5:54 AM

Graeme McDowell heads to the AT&T Byron Nelson at Trinity Forest Golf Club this week looking to continue his ascension.

McDowell had a rough February, and he carried that poor play to the Dominican Republic with a missed cut at the Puntacana Resort & Club Championship. He has pieced it together lately and is showing signs of life, including a respectable 27th-place showing at the Wells Fargo Championship last time out. His Driving Distance is an awful 135th on TOUR (291.3 yards), but he continues to be an above-average scrambler and an adequate putter. He has made the cut in four straight events, and six of the past seven. McDowell isn't tearing it up, but he'll likely at least be there on the weekend to outperform his low DFS price tag.
May 15 - 10:28 PM

World No. 200 Graeme McDowell slid down the leaderboad with a 4-over-par 38-38=76 during round two of the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship, giving him a two-day tally of 2-over 146 which puts him three strokes outside of the cut line.

In a field of 130 pros and two amateurs, 81 professionals got through the cut with a score of 1-under 143 or better. Both amateurs (including Tony Romo) will be packing their bags early as the finished as the bottom two on the leaderboard, Romo being six shots worse than the next closest golfer. With 81 golfers making it through that means we will see a secondary, 54-hole cut after Saturday's round. Other than McDowell and Romo, other notables to miss the cut include: 144- Jim Furyk, Sam Ryder; 145- Rafael Campos, Zac Blair, Smylie Kaufman; 146- Daniel Summerhays, Tyler Duncan; 147- Derek Fathauer; 149- Andres Romero, Robert Garrigus, Cameron Tringale; 150- Steven Bowditch, Robert Streb.
Mar 23 - 7:09 PM

Local resident Graeme McDowell coasted during round one of the Arnold Palmer Invitational, styling a 3-under-par 35-34=69 to find himself two off the pacesetter Jimmy Walker. UPDATE: McDowell finished T22 on 5-under 283 (69-72-69-73).

G-Mac opened on the 10th tee and converted an 8'2" par-saver at the 11th to build some early confidence. The highlight of his round came five holes later when he splashed home a 7'3" putt for eagle at the par-5 16th (easiest hole on the course). McDowell flashed some steady striking throughout the round, missing just three fairways while landing 12 greens in regulation. That was good for +0.804 strokes gained off-the-tee and +1.678 strokes gained approaching-the-green. It's been hit-or-miss here for the Orlando resident, boasting three top 10s on his API resume but also six finishes of T40 or worse.
Mar 15 - 2:54 PM

Sponsor invite and World No. 214 Graeme McDowell is at Bay Hill Club and Lodge for this week's Arnold Palmer Invitational and checks in off a T40 at the Valspar and at 118th in the FedExCup standings.

The Orlando resident finished T28 last year (72-71-71-73) with additional responsibilities as a tournament host. Overall, he's 6-for-10 on the par-72 layout with a scoring average of 71.72 (32 rounds) and a best of 63/R2 in 2012. The 38-year-old rode that to a solo 2nd, one back of champion Tiger Woods. It was his second runner-up at the API (2005) and one of three total top 10s (T10/2014). The Ulsterman if 5-for-8 on the season with one top 25 (T10, Shriners). He was a 36-hole co-leader at the Genesis three starts ago, eventually finishing T26 (69-66-70-77).
Mar 14 - 5:01 PM

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

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