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

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Graeme McDowell hung up a 1-under-par 33-36=69 in his third round at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and is 4-under 206 after 54 holes.
That's five swings behind leader Justin Rose although G-Mac will be frustrated it isn't one closer after he missed a five-foot par putt at the last. Before that, the Northern Irishman looked set to complete a back nine containing only pars. McDowell converted from 13'3" at the opening hole and added another from 4'5" at the second before finding a third birdie, this time from 7'2", at the 8th. That was the end of the forward move, however, as he bogeyed the 9th before setting out on the par train from 10 to 17. In truth, a sub-par round was an impressive feat given that he split just three (of 14) fairways although his misses weren't too bad as shown by greens in regulation figures of 72.22%. Aug 8 - 5:49 PM

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Graeme McDowell followed his opening 66 at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational with a 1-over-par 35-36=71 in today's second round.

At the time he posted 3-under 137, McDowell held outright possession of the 36-hole clubhouse lead, but that will not hold by the time the entire field concludes two rounds. Still, that he's included in the conversation at all is a wonder. G-Mac has hit only eight greens in each round thus far. He found only one birdie today and gave back a pair of shots with bogey, but avoided a third with a par save from 20-and-a-half feet at the par-3 15th hole.
Aug 7 - 1:49 PM

Graeme McDowell carded a 4-under-par 31-35=66 to set the new clubhouse target on day one of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio.

G-Mac made it look easy on the front nine, tapping in for birdies at 2 and 3 and adding another pair from inside 10 feet at 6 and 7 to turn in 31. The Northern Irishman hit 5-under after converting from 5'9" at 10 but after that it became something of a struggle. McDowell dropped a shot at the 12th and then had to show off his scrambling skills to keep his card clean over the final six holes. The 66 equals his best score at Firestone CC and has usurped Rickie Fowler's previous target of 3-under. "I'm excited to post a good early round here," he told Sky Sports. "Coming in I hung in there well with some good par saves." The 2010 U.S. Open champion split just 6 (of 14) fairways and hit only 8 greens in regulation. Six of those missed greens came in the last seven holes.
Aug 6 - 5:41 PM

Graeme McDowell finished T8 in last year's World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and returns to Akron for another crack.

That was actually his first top 20 in seven appearances at Firestone Country Club’s South Course and represented a fifth straight top 10 finish worldwide. If that was a reflection of his form at the time, he'll hope that same scenario won't play out this year. G-Mac has struggled over the last six months and a season-opening T9 at January's Dubai Desert Classic remains his only top 10 of the campaign. Across June and July he cashed just twice in six starts, his latest halfway exit coming at the Canadian Open two weeks ago.
Aug 4 - 6:47 PM

Graeme McDowell returned to form with a 4-under-par 30-36=66 in his opener at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Gullane GC.

That's better from G-Mac after three straight missed cuts although a pair of closing bogeys took some of the gloss away. The 2010 U.S. Open champion flew out of the gates with five birdies in his opening eight holes and picked off another par breaker at 16 to move to within a shot of Thorbjorn Olesen's lead. But he dropped his first shot of the day at 17 and followed it with another at 18 to fall three behind. Nevertheless this is McDowell's best round since he shot the same score in the first round of The Heritage in April and puts him in position to get a much-needed confidence boost ahead of next week's Open.
Jul 9 - 8:56 AM

Graeme McDowell has won the last two editions of the Alstom Open de France and will look to make another successful title defense this week.

G-Mac won by four from South African Richard Sterne in 2013 and edged out Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee and American Kevin Stadler by a single shot last year. Both times he closed with a 4-under 67. McDowell was also T4 in 2004 and has posted three other top 20s so will be desperate to be on the European team again when Le Golf National hosts the 2018 Ryder Cup. The big worry this week is his poor form which shows not a single top 25 in his last 11 strokeplay events and missed cuts in the U.S. Open and St Jude Classic on his last two starts.
Jun 30 - 6:52 PM

Graeme McDowell got off on the wrong foot and eventually hung up a 4-over-par 36-38=74 on day one of the 115th U.S. Open.

That's nine swings behind leaders Dustin Johnnson and Henrik Stenson and leaves the 2010 U.S. Open winner with a mountain to climb over the final 54 holes at Chambers Bay. G-Mac opened with a double bogey-6 at 10 but recovered the situation with birdies at 14 and 16. But the round got away from him after that and he swallowed bogeys at 17, 2, 6 and 9 to match his second highest opening round in 10 starts at this tournament. McDowell stood over 13 opportunities to score today but suffered a miserable time on the greens, taking 35 putts.
Jun 18 - 7:31 PM

Graeme McDowell has excelled in U.S. Opens on the west coast and heads to the Pacific Northwest this week for another title bid.

The Northern Irishman battled his way to victory in the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach and also finished runner-up at Olympic Club in 2012. Overall, he's 8-for-9 in this tournament, his only missed cut coming at Merion in 2013. Recent form is a worry though as the Northern Irishman hasn't managed a single top 25 in seven strokeplay starts on American soil in 2015. G-Mac, who put on a live Periscope session of his practice round at Chambers Bay on Tuesday, tees off alongside Japan's Hideki Matsuyama and American Matt Kuchar from No. 10 at 8:06 a.m. PDT on Thursday.
Jun 16 - 6:03 PM

Despite hitting 12 greens in regulation in his opening round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic, Graeme McDowell blew up for a 6-over-par 36-40=76.

Things were going swimmingly for the Ulsterman. He rolled in a birdie putt from 23'1" at the par-3 11th hole and sat bogey-free 1-under through seven. However, he'd go on to square five bogeys and a double. Five of those holes featured three-putts, including from just 43 inches at the par-3 fourth where he penciled in a 5. At last check, he ranked last in the field in strokes gained: putting at -5.493. G-Mac's struggles have extended all season. He landed in Memphis slotted 141st in the FedExCup standings and 110th in earnings. Even if he misses the Playoffs and doesn't finish inside the top 125 on the money list, he's fully exempt through next season.
Jun 11 - 4:45 PM

Graeme McDowell bogeyed the final three holes in an opening 1-over-par 35-37=72 at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

The Northern Irishman, who knows Royal County Down so well, used plenty of local smarts in Thursday's lap and picked off birdies at 12, 17, 18 and 1 against bogeys at 13 and 15 to move to 2-under with three to play. A trio of closing pars would have given the 2010 U.S. Open champion a share of the lead but he dropped a shot at all three. McDowell split 9 (of 14) fairways and hit 11 greens in regulation but his short game (3-for-7 in scrambling) failed to kick at the finish.
May 28 - 9:42 AM

Overnight co-leader Graeme McDowell carded a 2-under-par 36-33=69 in today's second round of the RBC Heritage to post 7-under 135, one stroke off Matt Kuchar's 36-hole clubhouse lead.

Not everyone not named Jordan Spieth can go wire-to-wire -- OK, so that's an easy riff on the wunderkind's dominant performance at Augusta National last week -- so G-Mac won't be displeased with his position entering the weekend at Harbour Town. He piped 10 (of 14) fairways and manufactured 15 scoring opportunities. While he squared three bogeys, including a three-putt from outside 53 feet at the par-4 sixth hole, McDowell outbalanced with five birdies, including a pair ranging 10-16 feet.
Apr 17 - 1:46 PM

Graeme McDowell smoothed a 5-under-par 34-32=66 in his opening round of the RBC Heritage to earn a share of the clubhouse lead.

While there are a few threesomes still walking Harbour Town at the moment, G-Mac and Matt Every are likely to go in the books as overnight co-leaders. The Ulsterman proclaimed himself healthy for the Masters following a strained tendon in his left ankle, but missed the cut. He won the RBC two years ago, and it's a much flatter track, so this was a better test to see where he truly is in terms of wellness and form. He split 10 (of 14) fairways, hit 13 greens and chased a sloppy bogey from the fairway at the par-4 first hole with six birdies. Three of his conversions ranged outside 15 feet and he added a par save from just inside 12 feet at the par-3 14th, so it makes a lot of sense why he walked off leading the field of 132 in strokes gained: putting. At last check, his value sat at 2.831.
Apr 16 - 5:40 PM

Graeme McDowell roller-coastered his way to a 1-under-par 35-36=71 in the opening round of the Masters.

Back in action since dealing with a tendon strain in his left ankle, G-Mac hit 11 greens in regulation and poured in five birdies, three of which on the set of four par 5s. However, he also squared four bogey-5s. McDowell alternated birdies and bogeys through 15 holes, so even though he had four birdies on the card by then, he didn't get as low at 2-under until his look at birdie at the par-3 16th disappeared. This is the first red number in his last five rounds at Augusta National. He signed his card sitting four strokes off the pace of the clubhouse tri-leaders.
Apr 9 - 6:20 PM

In an interview with the BBC, Graeme McDowell acknowledged that he's a green light for this week's Masters.

It was on March 26 that the Ulsterman withdrew from the Valero Texas Open during his opening round with a foot injury. It was later deemed to be a tendon strain in his left ankle, but his discomfort is a thing of the past. "I’m confident that I’m fully fit and ready to go," he said. "I wasn’t really kind of sure what to expect of it. It was such a subtle strain, which was affecting the way I was walking. It was affecting how I could load my left foot. I rested it for about four or five days straight, plenty of ice and didn't hit a ball. By the time I came back, I was feeling much, much better. I was quietly surprised at how well I had recovered." He's just 2-for-7 at Augusta National, but both paydays went for top 20s.
Apr 8 - 4:55 PM

Bernie McGuire of the Irish Examiner has reported that Graeme McDowell has already been cleared to compete in next week's Masters.

The excerpt: "Augusta invitee Graeme McDowell has been given the green light to tee up in the Masters, with doctors saying the tendon strain in his left ankle should heal in time." The good news is that G-Mac will have ample rest entering the season's first major. The bad news is that Augusta National Golf Club will do him no favors what with the severe inclines all over the property. Even if he was completely healthy, he's not a smart fantasy investment given his recent play and unimpressive résumé in the tournament.
Mar 29 - 9:53 PM