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Posts Tagged ‘ Graeme McDowell ’

Could Irish Eyes Smile At Augusta?

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With Tiger Woods withdrawing from next week’s Masters at Augusta, Irish golf fans will be tingling with anticipation. If history is anything to go by, then one of the Irish players will be the first from this country to don the famous green jacket. The last four majors that Tiger didn’t tee it up in were all won by Irishmen. The 2008 British Open was won by our very own Padraig Harrington, he followed this by claiming the PGA title later in the same year. In 2011 Rory McIlroy decimated a tiger-less U.S. Open field and in the same year Darren Clarke ended his major drought with a win at the British Open. With Clarke and McIlroy already in the field for the trip down Magnolia Lane, they both will try and fine tune their games for this years first major by competing in Houston this week. Harrington will be joining them in Texas but knows that only a win will allow him to extend his unbroken run of majors to thirty four, his exemption from his two major wins in 2008 now expired. The other Irishman in the Masters field are Graeme McDowell who is taking a break this from action this week after his exploits representing Europe in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last week. As the highest ranked of the Irish, Rory McIlroy may have the best chance and he has gained much experience since his Masters back nine collapse in 2011 but McDowell too may have a say. Continue reading

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G-Mac To Represent Ireland In Olympics

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Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell has revealed he expects to play for Ireland at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio if he is selected. McDowell represented Ireland in November’s World Cup in Melbourne, ruling out the option of playing for Team GB in Brazil. Jason Day’s final round 70 secured the win for Australia – who had been favourites with Betfair to win the tournament going into the weekend.

Olympic rules state that he could only play for Team GB if three years have passed since representing Ireland. So while athletes born in Northern  Ireland are eligible to represent Great Britain or Ireland at Olympic Games, McDowell has now pledged his allegiance to the Irish in Brazil. Continue reading

Scott Collapses As Els Wins Open

Ernie Els has won the British open by one shot after Adam Scott incredibly collapsed during the last four holes on an incident packed final day. Scott started the day 4 shots ahead of his nearest challenger Graeme McDowell and appeared to be coasting towards the Claret Jug as he held on to the advantage going into the final six holes.

However, the Australian was to bogey every one of the last four holes as he allowed Els to clinch his fourth major championship. The South-African hit a two-under par 68 to claim his second Claret Jug, 10 years after he won his first.

Scott slipped to second place with a disappointing final day round of 75. His remarkable failure to hold his nerve at the four final holes meant that he finished three shots ahead of the next best competitors, Tiger Woods and once leader Brandt Snedeker. Playing alongside Scott was McDowell, but he too had a sub-standard finish to his Open as he also carded a 75 and finished in fifth place.

It had all looked so good for the overnight leader when he sunk a birdie putt on the fourteenth hole, but the 32-year-old Aussie bogeyed the next three holes whereas Els had finished his tournament much stronger with a birdie at the last.

Scott walked onto the 18th tee knowing that a par would force a four-hole play-off, and despite finding a fairway bunker with his drive, he was still in with a chance of finishing level on 7 under, level with Els. Indeed Scott got the chance to save par when he hit his third shot to within eight feet of the hole, but it was not to be for the Australian as he completed his rather spectacular disintegration with yet another bogey.

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