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Graeme McDowell |

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

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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

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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

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.
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.
Mar 25 - 9:22 PM