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Graeme McDowell

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (37) / 7/30/1979
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 168

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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

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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

Beginning off No. 10 tee, defending champ Graeme McDowell crafted a 6-under-par 31-34=65 in today's third round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba to reach the three-quarter pole on 8-under 205, up 27 places on the live leaderboard to T32. UPDATE: McDowell shot a final-round 3-under 68 and is currently T23 on the leaderboard.

After opening in 75-65 to make the cut on the number, the 37-year-old tossed up his second straight 65, erasing a lone bogey-5 at the 16th with birdies on Nos. 12 and 15, and five consecutive on holes 2-6. He split 10 (of 14) fairways and hit a week-best 15 greens in regulation, posting 1.600 putts per GIR. After circling just ONE birdie in R1, the Northern Irishman has chased with eight birdies in R2 and seven today.
Sat, Nov 12, 2016 03:32:00 PM

Defending champ Graeme McDowell painted a 6-under-par 32-33=65 in today's second round of the OHL Classic at Mayakoba to reach the halfway point on 2-under 140, up 61 places on the live leaderboard to T60, right on the projected cut line.

In his first event last season, the Ulsterman carded a second-round 63 here last year to lead by one at the midpoint, eventually claiming his third TOUR title after surviving a three-man playoff. This week, he arrived off a missed cut last week at the Shriners (70-70) and opened with a one-birdie five-bogey 75, so today's 65 was orchestrated under a different set of circumstances, but will live on to play the weekend. The 37-year-old pelted 13 (of 14) fairways and hit 14 greens in regulation, posting a stellar 1.500 putts per GIR. He squared bogey-5s on holes 6 and 12, but camouflaged them with eight birdies, including three birdie-2s.
Fri, Nov 11, 2016 05:25:00 PM

Graeme McDowell walked away victorious in a three-man playoff during last year's OHL Classic at Mayakoba, returning this week for a chance to defend his title at El Camaleón Golf Club.

At this time last year McDowell arrived in Playa Del Carmen without a top 10 over his last 24 starts worldwide. He erased that stat as he recorded three of his four rounds at 4-under 67 or better, including an 8-under 63 in round two. Despite playing the par-4 first at 5-over-par on the week (two double bogeys), he was able to recover and scrape his way to 27 birdies on the week. Looking at his putting stats, we can see why, as he needed 26 or fewer putts in all but one round. This time around, G-Mac arrives with a top 10 as recent as two starts ago (T4, British Masters). With El Camaleón GC catering to the accurate hitters, McDowell has a good chance to throw his name back into the mix this week.
Tue, Nov 8, 2016 08:36:00 AM

Graeme McDowell plotted his way round The Grove to post 3-under-par 33-35=68 at the British Masters and end the week T4 on 13-under 271.

The result was the Northern Irishman's first top five finish on the European Tour schedule since his T3 at the 2014 HSBC Champions and it helps him to 46th on the Race to Dubai, almost certainly guaranteeing he will progress through to the DP World Tour Championship finale in Dubai. For the third day running he opened with back-to-back birdies at 1 and 2, before taking a step back with bogey at No. 3. The rest of the round was a serene affair, with 13 pars and two birdies, at 8 and 15. He rarely looked likely to contend for the title on Sunday, but his assured play meant a top finish was always on the cards. He finished five back of the champion Alex Noren.
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 01:21:00 PM

Graeme McDowell pieced together a 2-under-par 32-36=68 in today's weather-delayed final round of the Wyndham Championship to conclude his tournament debut on 14-under 266, down one spot to T7 with play winding down. UPDATE:With play completed, McDowell finished in a five-way T5, his fifth top 10 of the season in 18 starts.

The 37-year-old entered the week 33rd in the FedExCup standings, a drastic improvement from last year where he finished 160th in FEC points, missing the Playoffs for just a second time (2010). In his first start this season, he added another tournament debut, the OHL Classic, which he won in a playoff. That led to a third-place finish the following week (RSM), later adding solo fifth at The Honda Classic. Overall, he's made 10 cuts against eight missed cuts, but six have gone for top 25s. The Ulsterman sandwiched bogeys on 10 and 12 with birdies at Nos. 2, 4, 9 and 15. He returned from a delay of 1 hour and 22 minutes to par the par-4 18th.
Sun, Aug 21, 2016 07:06:00 PM

Graeme McDowell birdied his final four holes en route to a 6-under-par 31-33=64 in today's third round of the Wyndham Championship, up seven places to T4 and good for a share of the 54-hole clubhouse lead with Billy Horschel on 12-under 198. UPDATE: With play completed, McDowell is in a four-way T6, six back of 54-hole leader Si Woo Kim.

Making his tourney debut, the 37-year-old has posted rounds of 66-68-64. He went out in bogey-free 4-under, circling back-to-backs on Nos. 2 and 3, adding further circles on 6 and 8 (22'11"). The Ulsterman wobbled from there, playing his next six holes in 2-over, squaring back-to-backs on 11 and 12 (failed scrambles), but finished with a flurry, birdieing holes 15-18. He found just seven (of 14) fairways but peppered 15 greens in regulation, posting 1.533 putts per GIR and 3.690 in SG: Putting. McDowell canned five par breakers from between 10 and 12 feet. His opening 68 was his first red number on TOUR since ending THE PLAYERS with three straight sub-par rounds back in mid-May.
Sat, Aug 20, 2016 04:54:00 PM

RBC Ambassador Graeme McDowell back-pedaled to a 4-over-par 37-39=76 in the second round of the RBC Canadian Open and at 7-over 75-76=151, missed the cut by five strokes.

A total of 78 pros and two amateurs made the cut on 2-over 146 with 19 finishing T62 on the number. McDowell, making his fifth appearance, completed 36 holes with six birdies against 11 bogeys and one double. Breaking down his two-day stats, the worst of his struggles were a -3.928 SG: Around-the-Green and -5.401 SG: Tee-to-Green. Joining the Ulsterman with early exits include: 147- Matthew Fitzpatrick; Kyle Reifers ... 148- Robert Garrigus; K.T. Kim; Kevin Streelman ... 149- Bryce Molder; Graham DeLaet; Hunter Mahan; David Hearn; Daniel Summerhays ... 150- Bryson DeChambeau ... 151- Harold Varner III ... 152- Colt Knost ... 154- Michael Johnson.
Fri, Jul 22, 2016 08:52:00 PM

Graeme McDowell hung up a second round of 3-under-par 35-34=69 to remain comfortbaly inside the top ten at the halfway stage of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open

In the past McDowell was perceived to have criticised Castle Stuart Golf Links, something he has been keen to play down this week and explain it was a misunderstanding he was responsible for. Whatever the politics, the Northern Irishman, who was leading this event in 2012 after 2 rounds before falling back into the pack is once again in contention after 36 holes. His round was sedate: 2 birdies on either nine, with 1 bogey on the front. Incredibly he is looking for his first top 15 finish on the European Tour since February 2015. On 5-under 138 he is in shape to correct that.
Fri, Jul 8, 2016 01:42:00 PM

Graeme McDowell plotted his way round Castle Stuart Golf Links for a first round 2-under-par 36-34=70 at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

On his only previous visit to the course in, 2011, the Northern Irishman shot 69-64 in the first two rounds to lie first heading into the final round of an abbreviated renewal. Alas he shot 74 to fall back to T42, but those early efforts suggested he liked the venue and he backed that up Thursday. Starting on the back nine he opened with a birdie-3 and added another on 16, both holes short par-fours. His second nine began with a bogey on No. 1 and he added another on No. 5 but red numbers at 3 and 7 repaired the damage. He found 13 greens in regulation and was 4-for-5 in scrambling. McDowell enjoys playing in the wind near the sea, as victories at Pebble Beach, El Camaleon and Harbour Town testify. He took lunch 1 behind the early clubhouse leaders.
Thu, Jul 7, 2016 09:18:00 AM

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.
Tue, May 24, 2016 09:04:00 AM

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.
Sun, May 15, 2016 05:48:00 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.
Sat, May 14, 2016 08:23:00 PM