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Graeme McDowell

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

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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. Nov 5 - 9:57 PM

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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.
Oct 5 - 1:26 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).
Oct 4 - 4:25 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.
Sep 26 - 6:09 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.
Aug 9 - 9:38 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.
Jul 6 - 8:44 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.
May 26 - 7:08 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.
May 25 - 1:36 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.
Apr 20 - 5:11 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.
Mar 25 - 9:24 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.
Mar 22 - 6:14 PM

World No. 87 Graeme McDowell fashioned a 4-under-par 33-34=67 in today's final round of the Valspar Championship to conclude on 5-under 279, up 22 places to T13 and tying the low round in the clubhouse with Graham DeLaet. UPDATE: With play completed, McDowell finished T14, while Tony Finau had the low round with 64.

This was the 37-year-old's second appearance after a missed cut last year (by four) on rounds of 74-72. He opened with a 75 --that included three doubles-- rebounded with 67 to make the cut on the number, and played the weekend in 70-67. The Orlando resident striped 10 (of 13) fairways and peppered 16 greens in regulation, gaining 2.297 strokes approaching-the-green and 1.056 on the greens. He squared a lone bogey-4 at 13 (failed scramble), outpaced with five birdies, currently leading the field in the latter with 20. This is McDowell's fifth start of the season and third top 25, joining a T24 at the OHL Classic and T14 in his last start at the Honda. He's in the published field at the Arnold Palmer, where he's co-hosting the event.
Mar 12 - 3:07 PM

After showing signs of promise in his 2017 opener in Qatar last week, Graeme McDowell turns his attention to the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

G-Mac hit the ground running in Doha with a Thursday 66 to sit third after round one but crashed to T45 at the midpoint after a 75. He repaired some of the damage over the weekend by shooting 70-69 to end at T28. The former US Open winner missed his first two cuts in this event but ran up a sequence of 5-24-20 from 2008-10. He then left it off his schedule for four seasons before coming back with T9 in 2015. He opened with a 69 last year but a Friday 76 resulted in a first missed cut in Dubai since 2004. The Northern Irishman's putter was hot last week (2nd Putting Average) so he'll hope he can sharpen up his irons (53rd GIR).
Feb 1 - 9:29 AM

Graeme McDowell thrashed the back nine on his way to taking an early share of the first round lead at the CommercialBank Qatar Masters; he carded 6-under-par 30-36=66 at Doha GC, a score matched by Nathan Kimsey and Kiradech Aphibarnrat, but bettered by none of the early starters.

The first sighting of the Northern Irishman at an individual event in over two months was worth the wait as he teed it up from the 10th and promptly scorched his way to the turn. He opened with a hat-trick of red at 10, 11 and 12, added more at 14 and 16, then completed the nine in just 30 swings with a 15'0" birdie conversion at the par-five 18th. He found the front nine tougher, gaining a shot at No. 2 but giving it back at the 6th; perhaps that explains why he immediately headed to the range. Nonetheless he'll be delighted to have opened the 2017 season so well. It's only the second time in seven opening laps at Doha GC that he has broken 73 - and the first time he has gone sub-70 on the first day. A pack of five sit one shot back of the three leaders.
Jan 26 - 5:03 AM

Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry will fly the flag for Ireland in this week's World Cup of Golf in Australia and they could be one of the teams to follow.

One obvious plus is that McDowell has experience of Kingston Heath having posted T8 at the iconic sandbelt venue when it staged the 2012 Australian Masters. Its similarities with links courses will suit the Irish duo and they arrive in good heart. Lowry is coming off T19 at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai on Sunday after a pair of weekend 69s while G-Mac closed 65-65-68 at the OHL Classic for T24 on his latest start. Both men also possess winning records in team match play having shone in foursomes/fourballs in the Seve Trophy, Royal Trophy, EurAsia Cup and, in McDowell's case, the Ryder Cup. They'll be attempting to emulate Padraig Harrington and Paul McGinley, who won this event at Kiawah Island in 1997. G-Mac was also a runner-up with Rory McIlroy in China in 2009.
Tue, Nov 22, 2016 06:42:00 AM