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Graeme McDowell |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (35) / 7/30/1979
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 168
College: Alabama-Birmingham

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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

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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.
Source: BBC.com
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

Graeme McDowell is not included in the published field of next week's Shell Houston Open.

It was questionable anyway, so our focus shifts to the Masters the following week. Yes, he'll be rested, but he could be competitively rusty if not hesitant to go all out given the injury to his lower left leg. While G-Mac has a pair of top 20s at Augusta National, he's also missed five cuts in the tournament, including the last two editions. Therefore, he probably doesn't warrant an investment until the RBC Heritage the following week if at all.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Mar 27 - 6:07 PM

In a brief update at The Telegraph, James Corrigan reported that Graeme McDowell walked off TPC San Antonio today as a precaution given that the Masters begin in two weeks.

As we relayed earlier, G-Mac withdrew after only nine holes with a foot injury. Corrigan broadened the source of McDowell's pain to a "stress injury to his lower left leg." Given this setback, the major champion has scrapped plans of visiting Augusta National next week and plans to compete in next week's Shell Houston Open. He's played the Golf Club of Houston (former known as Redstone Golf Club's Tournament Course) twice in competition, but not since 2012 when he tied for 63rd place.
Mar 26 - 5:57 PM

Graeme McDowell withdrew during his opening round of the Valero Texas Open due to a foot injury. UPDATE: Golf Channel reported later that the injury is in his left foot.

G-Mac started on the back side of TPC San Antonio and went out in birdie-free, 5-over-par 41 before calling it quits. He hit only four greens in regulation. This is just his second mid-tournament WD in 137 PGA TOUR starts. It drops him to 2-for-5 on the season. Despite a T3 at the WGC-HSBC Champions in the fall, he arrived at the VTO slotted 134th in the FedExCup standings.
Mar 26 - 12:00 PM

Graeme McDowell will tee it up in the Valero Texas Open for the first time in his career.

He clearly needs to get something going soon, with the Masters just two weeks away. He went MC-T56-MC in The Honda Classic, WGC-Cadillac Championship and Arnold Palmer Invitational respectively. There is no real reason to make any fantasy investments in GMac at TPC San Antonio.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Mar 25 - 9:22 PM

Graeme McDowell completed 36 holes of The Honda Classic in 5-over-par 74-71=145 and missed the cut on the number.

G-Mac walked off with birdie at the par-5 18th in his second round, but that chased a double bogey at the par-3 17th where he splashed his tee ball. For the week, he split 19 (of 28) fairways, but hit only 19 greens in regulation. He squared seven bogeys and two doubles to erased an eagle and four birdies. This is his first missed cut anywhere since the 2014 Masters and first MC in a non-major since the 2013 Barclays. Other notables that missed the cut that we haven't already covered include: 145--Justin Rose; Zach Johnson; Harris English; Chris Kirk; Will MacKenzie ... 146--Keegan Bradley; Billy Horschel; Retief Goosen; Ernie Els ... 147--Justin Thomas; Freddie Jacobson; Tony Finau; Francesco Molinari; Ángel Cabrera ... 148--Shawn Stefani; Victor Dubuisson; Thomas Björn ... 149--Carlos Ortiz; Erik Compton ... 150--Graham DeLaet ... 153--Sang-moon Bae; Charl Schwartzel.
Feb 28 - 12:49 PM

Joint first-round leader Graeme McDowell lost momentum on day two of the Maybank Malaysian Open and is now solo eighth after an error-ridden 1-over-par 35-38=73.

McDowell started the day tied at the top alongside Lee Westwood; he ended it six shots behind at 5-under 139. There wasn't too much wrong with his opening nine as he circled three birdies against two bogeys. But on the back he bogeyed the par-3 11th and followed it with a double bogey at the par-4 12th. He repaired some of the damage with a birdie at 17 but this was a disappointing day for the Northern Irishman. The stats tell the story; he found just 6-of-14 fairways, took 33 putts and was only 1-for-4 in scrambling.
Feb 6 - 8:22 AM

Graeme McDowell toured Kuala Lumpur G&CC in 6-under-par 33-33=66 to share the day one lead with defending champion and Ryder Cup colleague Lee Westwood.

Showing superb distance control with his irons, G-Mac gave himself numerous looks at birdie and converted seven of them. His only bogey of the day came at the par-4 sixth. The 2010 US Open champion had a run of six '3's on his card in seven holes on the back nine, four of them (at 12, 13, 16 and 17) going down as birdies. His other par breakers came at three, seven and nine. "I hit the ball great today, drove it well and gave myself a lot of looks for birdie," said the Northern Irishman. "Generally I’m very, very happy with that start. I’ve liked the way this golf course looks from the start."
Feb 5 - 4:45 AM

Graeme McDowell authored a closing 2-under-par 33-37=70 to finish at 14-under 274 and claim a top 10 at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in his first start of 2015.

The T9 must represent a pleasing opening to G-Mac's campaign although he did lose focus late on having moved into second place at one point during the final round. The former US Open champion climbed through the field with birdies at three, five, 10 and 13 before a bogey at 14. At the 16th, he looked set to walk off with an easy four but missed a short par putt and, inexplicably, lipped out a tiddler on the way back and carded a double bogey. He recovered to close his round with a six-foot birdie putt at 18. For the second day running he hit 14 greens in regulation. McDowell now continues on the European Tour and is due to play next week's Maybank Malaysian Open.
Feb 1 - 9:43 AM

Graeme McDowell rode a hot short game to card a 7-under-par 31-34=65 and surge into contention at the halfway mark of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

G-Mac's impressive morning lap of the Emirates lifted him to 12-under at the midpoint and that was just one behind leader Marc Warren. McDowell has hit 13 greens in regulation in both rounds so far but is 9-for-10 in scrambling and has used the putter just 50 times. He carded the first of Friday's eight birdies at his opening hole, the 10th, and crafted two more at 13 and 16. The surge came on his second nine as he circled four straight birdies from the second. A sole bogey of the day came at six but the 2010 US Open champion wiped it out with one final par breaker at the next.
Jan 30 - 5:33 AM

Graeme McDowell returns to the Emirates course to contest the Omega Dubai Desert Classic for the first time since 2010.

G-Mac had a decent record here before scratching it from his schedule. The former US Open champion was T20 in 2010, T24 in 2009 and fifth in 2008. If gamers want further clues as to how he might perform after a five-year absence, McDowell has twice finished third at the season-opening Abu Dhabi Championship (2011 and 2013) while he kicked off 2014 with a T7 at Pebble Beach.
Jan 27 - 5:06 PM