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Graeme McDowell

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (36) / 7/30/1979
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 168

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Graeme McDowell has very few good West Course memories to draw on as he heads to the BMW PGA Championship this week.
The 2010 U.S. Open winner has made 12 starts at Wentworth and only once finished inside the top 25 when T13 in 2009. Yet more strikingly he has not broken 70 in his last 14 rounds - and has only done so twice in his last 28 laps of the West Course. After the career revival which saw him win the OHL Classic last autumn and then finish third at the RSM Classic, he has made just one top 25 in 10 starts (when T5 at the Honda Classic). On the European Tour he has failed to make a top ten since the Dubai Desert Classic in January of last year. What hope there is of a good week comes in the form of his T9 at TPC Sawgrass, although he did close with an 80 last week at The K Club. May 24 - 9:04 AM

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Graeme McDowell rallied for a 3-under-par 37-32=69 in today's final round of THE PLAYERS to conclude his ninth appearance on 8-under 280, up eight places on the live leaderboard to T7.

McDowell will easily post his best finish at THE PLAYERS, brushing aside a T26 in 2010. He played the weekend in twin 69s, with his stellar effort in R3 one of only six sub-par rounds (of 76) and the third-best lap of the day. The 36-year-old was even-par on his loop thru 15 holes on Sunday, exchanging two birdies with two bogeys, but closed with three straight circles on holes 16-18, all from eight feet and in. If his top 10 holds, it'll be his first since solo fifth at The Honda Classic, which he chased with four missed cuts in six starts.
May 15 - 5:48 PM

Graeme McDowell smoothed a 3-under-par 36-33=69 in the third round of THE PLAYERS to reach the three-quarter mark on 5-under 211, up 50 on the leaderboard to T15.

McDowell opened his ninth PLAYERS in 2-under 72-70=142, one of 12 players to make the cut on the number (T65). With course-record-tying low 63s and 65s and 66s flying everywhere the first two rounds, typically a 69 would not get much notice. However, the Northern Irishman's five-birdie two-bogey showing in R3 was the third-best lap of the round with only six (of 76) players posting a red number. He split 10 (of 14) fairways and hit 12 greens in regulation, posting 2.455 in SGTTG and 4.137 in SGP. The 36-year-old did not record a 3-putt in R3, a huge feat considering there were a PLAYERS record 149 3-putts or worse.
May 14 - 8:23 PM

Graeme McDowell is looking forward to a 9th start in the Masters, but the thrill of the tournament is yet to have been matched by his golf on the course.

The stats say that Augusta National is not a great match-up for McDowell. He’s 3-for-8 and has only twice breached the top 50: T17 back in 2009, then T12 in 2012. Even more damning is the fact that he has carded just three sub-70 rounds in his last 22 tries. At the back end of 2015, with his career in something of a minor slump, he bounced back to form with a win in the OHL Classic and then add a T3 a week later at Sea Island. Since then his only top 20 was a T5 at the Honda Classic. If those three results have anything in common it is blustery conditions, proximity to the ocean and tight tracks. It adds to the feeling that this is a week that doesn’t fit the Northern Irishman's profile.
Apr 5 - 5:53 AM

Graeme McDowell checks into the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club for his debut in the Valspar Championship.

At No. 9 in FedExCup points, McDowell is the fourth-highest ranked player in the FEC standings this week in Palm Harbor, Florida. The three ahead are: No. 4 Russell Knox, No. 6 Justin Thomas, and No. 8 Kevin Na. Back in mid-November, the 36-year-old bested Knox (and Jason Bohn) in a three-man playoff to win the OHL Classic for his third TOUR title in his 148th career start and first since the 2013 RBC Heritage. He's since added a solo third (RSM) and solo fifth (Honda) and posted a respectable T28 last week at Trump National Doral on rounds of 74-71-70-75. Thru six events in 2015-16, McDowell ranks fourth in driving accuracy, 52nd in greens in regulation, and 138th in strokes gained: putting.
Mar 9 - 2:25 PM

Graeme McDowell tossed up a 1-under-par 34-35=69 in today's final round of The Honda Classic for a 72-hole tally of 4-under 276, five adrift of champion Adam Scott.

McDowell's solo fifth bumps him up one spot in the FedExCup standings to seventh and via his top-10 standing in FEC points, cracks this week's WGC-Cadillac field and moves his consecutive-appearance streak to nine in the exclusive no-cut event. He got there posting rounds of 71-69-67-69 for a personal best at the Honda in his eighth appearance, eclipsing a T6 in 2011. For the week, the 36-year-old circled just 12 birdies, T31 in that stat, but squared only six bogeys, T1 in that category. He also finished T2 in driving accuracy at 76.79 percent (43/56) never finding less than 10 (of 14) in any round. The Northern Irishman now has three top-5 finishes on the season in just five starts, including his playoff win at the OHL Classic back in November.
Feb 28 - 8:31 PM

Graeme McDowell crafted a 3-under-par 35-32=67 in today's third round of The Honda Classic for a 54-hole aggregate of 3-under 207, up 14 spots on the live leaderboard to T6.

McDowell opened his eighth Honda in 71-69 for even-par 140 (T20). Thru 36 holes, he had registered three birdies, three bogeys, and 30 pars. The 36-year-old, who has three top 10s in six attempts at PGA National since 2007, striped 12 (of 14) fairways but mustered only 11 greens in regulation. However, he circled six for a stellar 1.455 putts per GIR with each dropping from between two and 13 feet. The Northern Irishman gave up one at the par-3 fifth (failed scramble) and dropped two at the par-4 sixth after his tee shot found the water.
Feb 27 - 5:01 PM

Graeme McDowell arrives at The Honda Classic this week, excited to get the Florida Swing started.

The Orlando, Florida, resident posted a putting video on his instagram account saying "Putting stroke is #floridaswing ready!!!". McDowell gave it a go in Hawaii, finishing T29 at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions before missing the cut at the Sony Open. Back now in his home state, we should look for his form to rebound. The course history is promising as well, posting three top 10s in six tries since the Honda moved to PGA National in 2007.
Feb 23 - 1:13 PM

Graeme McDowell finished in third place at the 2011 Hyundai Tournament of Champions and returns this week for another look at The Plantation Course.

G-Mac posted rounds of 71-68-68-62 in his one and only trip to this event. His final-round, 11-under 62 is still tied with three others as the course record. The Northern Irishman went through a rough 2015, but his victory at the OHL Classic earned him a spot into this week's field. McDowell looks to have returned to form and gamers can once again feel safe with the international star in their lineups.
Jan 3 - 4:05 PM

Graeme McDowell tossed up a 3-under-par 33-34=67 in the final round of The RSM Classic to post 15-under 267, a distant seven swings back of champion Kevin Kisner.

Recently, McDowell stated that he was worried about keeping his playing privileges. Two weeks on and that's a distant memory. Last week's winner in his OHL debut, chases with solo third in his second RSM and first since a missed cut in 2011. Looking for back-to-back titles, the 36-year-old began the finale in solo third, four adrift of Kisner. Playing with the would-be-champ and Kevin Chappell, he gave chase early with birdies at the par-4 first and fifth, respectively, both from inside seven feet. However, by the turn he was down seven and the title chase was over. Two oddities came McDowell's way on Sunday. First, he sent his drive at the par-5 seventh flying into the left rough, but his ball careened off Kisner's mom's ankle and back into the fairway. Later, he was battling Chappell for runner-up when his approach on 16 buried in the bunker, completely out-of-sight. Two swings later he was on and to his credit, dropped the six-footer for bogey.
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 05:45:00 PM

Graeme McDowell crafted a bogey-free 5-under-par 33-32=65 in today's third round of The RSM Classic to post 12-under 200, four swings back of 54-hole leader Kevin Kisner.

McDowell won last week's weather-delayed OHL in his first start of the 2015-16 season. It was his third TOUR title in his 148th start, and came from three back in the finale to win in a playoff. This week, McDowell is 12-under thru 54, trailing by four. Playing two groups ahead of the final threesome, which included Kisner, he circled five on the card against no dropped shots. His 65 was tied second best on the day (Kisner) and bumped him nine spots to solo third. The 36-year-old missed but three greens on his loop, including at the par-4 first after taking a, what he termed, "idiotic" penalty. With preferred lies in play for 17 of the last 18 rounds on TOUR, McDowell approached his tee shot in the fairway and lift, cleaned and placed it, only to learn that preferred lies were not in effect. After the penalty drop, he hit the green and canned a 9'9" par putt and was on his way.
Sat, Nov 21, 2015 05:27:00 PM

Graeme McDowell reached the halfway point of The RSM Classic in 7-under-par 67-68=135 and sits four strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

G-Mac is a grizzled veteran, so it's not surprising that he's again in contention after claiming victory in a playoff on Monday in México. Thus far in Georgia, he's striped 21 (of 28) fairways and hit 27 greens in regulation. That places him outside the top 50 in both stats at last check. However, he's offset three bogeys with 10 birdies.
Fri, Nov 20, 2015 03:45:00 PM

Graeme McDowell spun a 5-under-par 33-33=66 in the weather-delayed final round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba to post 18-under 266, and then won with birdie on the first hole of sudden death over Russell Knox and Jason Bohn.

McDowell emerged from the three-man horse race to win his third TOUR title in his 148th career start and first since the 2013 RBC Heritage. After opening in 67-63-70, he began his final frame on Sunday at 13-under (T3) and three adrift. Playing in the penultimate threesome, the Northern Irishman was at 16-under total and 3-under on his loop when play was initially halted due to heavy rain. When the battle resumed, he added birdies at 10, 12 and 13 prior to play being nixed for darkness. But he co-led at 19-under heading into Monday. Today's restart saw the 36-year-old three-putt the 16th for his lone bogey but a clutch par save on the 72nd hole of regulation got him into the playoff. McDowell becomes the first international to triumph at the OHL. The win gets him into the Masters, THE PLAYERS and PGA Championship.
Mon, Nov 16, 2015 10:23:00 AM

Overnight leader Graeme McDowell bobbed and weaved to a 1-under-par 37-33=70 in the third round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba for a three-day total of 13-under 200, three adrift of Derek Fathauer.

After opening in 67-63, McDowell held a one-shot lead over playing partner Fathauer heading to the weekend. It was his first 36-hole lead on TOUR since the 2014 WGC-HSBC where he eventually finished T3. Unfortunately, McDowell's third round began similar to his opener, with OB off the tee leading to double bogey-6 at the first and followed with bogey at the par-4 second. The 36-year-old fought back with back-to-back birdies on Nos. 5 and 6 to turn 1-over. He went back-to-back again on 10 and 11 and just prior to the horn sounding due to lightning, he went OB right off the tee at the par-5 13th. When play resumed following an 84-minute stoppage, he finished up the hole with bogey-6. The Ulsterman added his fifth birdie of the day at the par-4 17th to complete his scoring, eventually settling into a four-way tie for third place. Thru 54 holes, he's T1 in total birdies (24) but T24 in bogeys and T67 in double bogeys.
Sat, Nov 14, 2015 04:05:00 PM

Graeme McDowell buried nine birdies en route to an 8-under-par 31-32=63 in today's second round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba and posted 12-under 130, good for a three-stroke clubhouse lead after 36 holes.

Despite yesterday's 67, the concern was that he'd need to manufacture more scoring chances to consider making a run at his third PGA TOUR title. Well, he totaled 15 greens in regulation today to set the stage on cue. G-Mac has missed only three (of 28) fairways, so he's taking the pressure off his irons, but that he's executing is refreshing. He's pacing the field of 132 with 16 birdies at the break.
Fri, Nov 13, 2015 12:13:00 PM