Graeme finished in T14 place on 10 under par at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club with rounds of 71, 68, 69, 66. Par for the course was 71.
GMac closed with a 66 Graeme and saved his best for last as a closing five-under 66 saw him climb to T14 at the BNI Indonesian Masters presented by TNE.
Graeme’s closing round saw the Portrush man go bogey-free and, having started on the 10th, he hit all seven fairways and all nine greens on his final nine holes, mixing two birdies on that side with three on the back to make it back-to-back top-15 finishes after a T12 at last week’s Hong Kong Open.
Graeme remained in 40th place after Day 3 after a two-under 69. Graeme endured a frustrating first nine holes – he started his round on the 10th – hitting all seven fairways and nine greens, but taking 18 putts as he traded a single birdie with a single bogey.
He fared slightly better with the flatstick on the front side, dropping a shot at the first after missing his first green of the day, but one-putted six of the final eight holes to card three birdies and reach the clubhouse at -5 for the tournament.
On Day 2 – Graeme moved inside the cutline with a 68 on day two in Indonesia. Errant tee shots and a cold putter forced Portrush man Graeme to birdie three of his closing five holes on day one to keep his head just above water at level-par, but a vastly improved tee game helped him to a second-round, three-under 68 and he climbs to a tie for 40th going into the weekend at the BNI Indonesian Masters presented by TNE. Graeme hit 11 of 14 fairways, trading five birdies with two bogeys to climb more than 40 places on the leaderboard in his first Indonesian appearance of his storied career.
Day 1 – Graeme battled back for level-par opener at BNI Indonesian Masters. Three birdies in his final five holes saw Graeme McDowell rescue a scrappy opening round at the Asian Tour’s BNI Indonesian Masters presented by TNE. Coming off the back of a T12 finish – his best of the year – in last week’s Hong Kong Open, the Portrush man is making his first appearance in Indonesia and was out of sorts on the front side, missing the first four fairways and taking 19 putts as he bogeyed the first, second and fifth holes to make the turn at +3. A birdie at 12 was his first of the day, and though he’d immediately give that shot back at the next, he’d respond with back-to-back birdies on 14 and 15 before adding another on the par-5 closing hole to claw his way back to level-par and finish the day tied for 68th.
Earlier in the week, Graeme won the first ever Hole in One in rooftop challenge at Wynn Palace in Macau.
He made short work of the inaugural Hole in One Challenge from the rooftop of the stunning Wynn Palace 5-star hotel, at the official confirmation of the International Series Macau presented by Wynn in Macau.
2010 US Open champion McDowell, was triumphed in the shootout with fellow LIV Golf star Patrick Reed and Andy Ogletree. The trio were shooting it out in a fun nearest-the-pin competition from the Wynn Palace rooftop, 28 floors high, aiming at a floating pontoon par-three green 197 yards away in the hotel lake. McDowell fired a 7 iron to within just inches of the flag for the nearest of the pin, despite windy conditions.
The activation was held ahead of a press conference at the Wynn Palace to announce the International Series Macau presented by Wynn, which will take place from 14-17 March 2024 at the Macau Golf & Country Club – a new destination on The International Series schedule. It is the first International Series event to be confirmed for 2024.
GMac said: “That was fun, it’s always enjoyable to have a bit of a challenge and banter. And what a stunning setting for a nearest the pin. It’s been a wonderful couple of days, I do love coming to this part of the world and this hotel is exceptional. The players on next year’s International Macau are in for a real treat, and their presence will help to further develop golf in the region.”
Graeme came home in T12 place on 13 under par at the Hong Kong Golf Club with rounds of 67, 65, 66, 69. Par for the course was 70.
He started his opening day well with early birdies on the second and third holes followed by after another on the 9th. He then made par on every hole coming in to end a bogey free round on 3 under. On Friday, Graeme fired a five-under 65 to move to within four shots of the lead at the halfway in the Asian Tour’s Hong Kong Open. On moving day the Portrush man missed just one fairway at tight Hong Kong Golf Club and found 14 greens in regulation as he made five birdies, with his only dropped shot coming after a three-putt at the fourth. This put him in the pack at T7 going into the final day, 4 shots back from the lead. Sunday was a mixed bag with three birdies cancelled by out by three bogeys on the front nine which dropped Graeme off the pace. He made birdie on the par 5, 13th to end on the day with a 1 under par 69, and T12 for the week.
Graeme finishes in T13 place on 7 under par at the Hidden Grace Golf Club with rounds of 72, 68, 70 and 71.
Heading into the weekend Graeme shot his best round, a four-under 68 which moved him into the top-20. He followed that up with a third round 70, including a birdie on 17 which took him to -2 for the day and -6 overall. On Sunday Graeme made three birdies and two bogeys enroute to a final round one-under 71, this saw him climb three places on the leaderboard and gave him a final position for the week of T13.
Graeme was back in action on the Asian Tour’s International Series Volvo China Open at Hidden Grace Golf Club in Shenzhen. Graeme, who was the runner-up in the China Open in 2007, has always performed well in this part of the world. He is determined and delighted to be back in Shenzhen after an eight-year absence and is thoroughly impressed with the condition of the golf course.
Cleeks GC (Graeme, M Kaymer, B Wiesberger and R Bland) finished in 7 position at the Fantastic Finale to an incredible 2023 season!
Cleeks GC won their quarter final against Ripper GC, it was an exciting finish with Graeme holing an 18-foot birdie putt on the third extra hole to win the foursomes match. Graeme won his Semi Final match 3&2 against Charles Howell III, but it wasn’t enough as Cleeks GC lost out to Crushers.
WHO WILL TAME THE BLUE MONSTER IN MIAMI?
Few challenges are more daunting than the monster lying in wait for the stars of the LIV Golf League at the Trump National Doral Golf Club.
Soon after it opened in 1962, the flagship course at this resort was named the Blue Monster – and it’s been living up to its billing ever since.
LIV Golf’s biggest prize is at stake Oct 20-22 at the Team Championship at the iconic Trump National Doral. Two days of intense match play, followed by the thrilling every-shot-counts stroke-play Championship round, will climax with a champagne celebration for the winning team.
Royal Greens holds fond memories for Graeme with him winning the Saudi International back in 2020.
Graeme got off to a slow with a +3 opening round. He opened with a birdie on the 11th (his 1st) but dropped 3 shots by the time he got his 10th hole, he then made birdie on 11 before dropping back again with two bogey’s on the 14/15th. He scored -1 on his second round which included 4 birdies, bogey and a double bogey on the 3rd (his 7th) Things all changed on the final day with an incredible 7 under par. Graeme really got into his groove and showed his class with 8 birdies, four of which came on consecutive holes between the 2 and 5 (his 9th-12th) The only blemish was a bogey on the 1st his 8th. With the final round form during the week, Graeme would have been right a the top of the leaderboard at the end.
Result, 29th place with rounds of +3 (73), -1(69), -7(63) for a score of -5
Team CLEEKS GC (-29) Finished in 3rd place :Richard Bland -3,-1,-4, Tot -8, Martin Kaymer -2, -4, E, Tot -6, Bernd Wiesberger +1, -2, -7, Tot -8, Graeme McDowell +3, -1, -7 Tot -5
It’s all about the LIV Golf teams at Royal Greens
The LIV Golf League returns to Jeddah at Royal Greens – named the Middle East’s best golf course in 2021. It’s been the venue for many pro events, including the PIF Saudi International powered by Softbank Investment Advisers. This has been won in recent years by LIV Golf stars Dustin Johnson, Graeme McDowell and Harold Varner III.
It was also the stage for the regular-season finale of the 2022 LIV Golf Invitational Series, which was won by Brooks Koepka. He beat fellow American Peter Uihlein at the third play-off hole, with Sergio Garcia and Joaquin Niemann tied for third place.
Royal Greens opened as recently as 2017, but it has rapidly acquired a reputation as one of the world’s top courses. This is a long, challenging track by the Red Sea, where accuracy is at a premium on the superbly manicured fairways.
Look out for the 6th, a 470-yard par-4 dogleg, and the 18th, a long waterlined par-5 that provides a stern test to finish the round.
Graeme opened his account on day scoring 1 under par. He teed up on the 8th hole and was par after 8 holes but then dropped shots on the 16th(his 9th) and 18th(his 11th). He followed that with a solid last 7 holes which included 4 birdies, two of which were on his 17th/18th holes. Round 2 started on the 10th hole which he birdied and got him off to a nice start. After a further 5 pars he dropped shots on the 16th(his 7th) and 17th(his 8th). Similar to day one he then played good golf with 3 birdies with no dropped shots to end the day with a score or -2. Round 3 started on the 7th, with a couple of early dropped shots on the 8th(his 2nd) and 9th(his 3rd) he was up against it. He bounced back straight away with a birdie on the 10th(his 4th) which steadied the ship. He then shot 9 pars before a birdie on the 2nd(his 14th) which got him back to par for the day. From there, Graeme dropped a shot on the 5th(his 17th) with a par on 18 to finish his round +1.
Result, 35th place with rounds of -1 (70), -2(69), +1(72) for a score of -2
Team CLEEKS GC (-14) Finished in 9th place :Richard Bland E,-5,-4, Tot -9, Graeme McDowell -1,-2, +1 Tot -2, Bernd Wiesberger E, +1, -1, Tot E, Martin Kaymer +1, -2, +2, Tot +1
LIV Golf stars to whip up a storm in the Windy City
World-leading golfers will hope Chicago is their kind of town as the LIV Golf League returns to the Windy City.
Rich Harvest Farms is a breathless masterpiece unlike any other, and a premiere destination for golfers from all over the world. Fifty miles west of downtown Chicago, and tucked between wetlands, forest, farmland, and Illinois prairie grass, Rich Harvest Farms was the venue for Cameron Smith’s first victory in the LIV Golf Invitational Series during the inaugural 2022 season.
Aussie star Smith followed up his Open Championship victory with a three-shot win in Chicago. Dustin Johnson and Peter Uihlein tied for second, with Sergio Garcia and Joaquin Niemann completing the top five.
Graeme finished with a another solid T20 at the international series at Close House on the Asian tour.
On Day 1, the Northern Irishman combined three birdies with three bogeys in Newcastle to shoot a level-par-71 and sit in a tie for 40th place, five shots off the lead. Friday was his best day, shooting a two-under 69 which included 6 birdies with 4 bogeys which bumped him up the leaderboard and into the top 20. On Moving Day, Graeme was 3 over par after 13 holes, he then showed his determination to birdy three of the last 5 holes. The round included a near hole-in-one on the par-3 18th which had him T13 going into the final day. G-Mac got off to a birdy start on Sunday before dropping shots on the 2nd and 10th, he birdied the 16 and was disappointed to bogey the last for final round 72.
Speaking at the beginning of the week Graeme said “Close House is a great venue and obviously nice to come to the North East of England and to a part of the World where we don’t play much golf. I think it’s great to see the Asian Tour coming to new destinations. It’s great for the game, it’s great for the business of the game and every tour in the world’s doing it now so definitely important to follow suit.”
About the Event
The inaugural International Series England marked an historic first for the Asian Tour as the first sanctioned event on UK shores. Returning in 2023, the US$2m event will be contested at the prestigious Close House, Newcastle, over the Scott Macpherson-designed Lee Westwood Colt Course.
Marking the fifth of 10 events making up The International Series 2023 schedule, numerous world class golfers are confirmed to take on the ‘Toon’ alongside stars of the Asian Tour, including the former World No. 1 and eight-time Asian Tour winner Lee Westwood after whom the course is named.
Graeme opened his account on Day with a score of 1 over. It was a steady round with a birdie on 9(his 16th) and dropped shots on the 3rd(his 9th) and the 12th(his 18th). On Day 2 Graeme got off to a great start, 3 under after 8 holes. He then made a double bogey on the 13th(his 9th) but cancelled that out with birdies on the 15th/16(his 11th/12th). He then had another double bogey on the 17th(his 13th) but birdied the next hole to be 2 up with 4 to play. Dropped shots on the 2nd and 4th(his 13th/18th) put Graeme on even for the day.
Graeme saved his best round for Sunday shooting 1 under for the day. He started with a run of bogeys on the 18th(his 3rd) and 1st hole (his 4th). After a birdie followed by bogey on the 4th/5th (his 7th/8th), Graeme showed his steel with 3 birdies and no dropped shots coming home. It was particularly satisfying rolling in a birdie on 15th(his 18th) to finish the week on even.
Graeme has played some solid golf the last few events with lots of positives in his game. Bedminster is his highest finish for a while as Graeme keeps working hard and enjoying his game.
Result, 12th place with rounds of +1 (72), E(71), -1(70) for a score of E
Team CLEEKS GC (+3) Finished in 9th place : Team CLEEKS GC (-23) Finished in 7th place : Tot -12, Graeme McDowell +1, E, -1 Tot E, Richard Bland +2,-1,-1, Tot E, Bernd Wiesberger -2, +2, +3, Tot +3, Martin Kaymer +11,+2, +4, Tot +17
Trump National Golf Club Bedminster has featured several times in the top 100 American courses since it opened in 2004.
Its beautifully manicured 7,500 yards offer a superb variety of holes. Some cross open fields, others are tree-lined, and several have lakes waiting to punish the wayward shot. Look out for the big island-type green at the sixth hole.
Graeme got off to a flying start at Greenbrier with a score of 5 under after 11 holes, his short game play and putting was on fire. It was a frustrating end to the day with dropped shots on 16 and 17 which put G-Mac on -2.
Again on Day 2 Graeme was 2 under after 5 holes. He fell back in the middle order to be on even after 14 holes. He then finished strongly with birdies on the 5th (his 16th for the day) and also the 7 (his 18th) which matched his opening round of -2 (68)
His final round was similar to Day 1, off to a brilliant shooting 5 birdies after 9 holes and going well. He dropped a shot on the 3rd (his 13th for the day) but bounced back with a birdie on the next hole. He had a double bogey on the 6th (his 16th for the day) but steadied the ship with pars on the final 2 holes to be back in the clubhouse with a -3 for the day, -7 for the week
Result, 29 with rounds of -2 (68), -2(68), -3(67) for a score of -7
Team CLEEKS GC (-36) Finished in 7th place : Team CLEEKS GC (-23) Finished in 7th place : Richard Bland -4,-7,-5, Tot -16, Bernd Wiesberger -4, -3, -5, Tot -12, Graeme McDowell -2, -2, -3 Tot -7, Martin Kaymer +3,-3, -1, Tot -1
LIV Golf writes new chapter at an historic venue
Golf’s newest innovation meets one of its most storied and traditional courses as the LIV Golf League moves on to The Greenbrier.
You name them, they played here. Over more than 100 years, golf’s greatest have visited this wonderful corner of West Virginia.
Now present-day stars including Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Cameron Smith and Bubba Watson will be competing to add their names to the roll of honor at The Old White, which opened for play in 1914.
The Greenbrier has been restored since it took a battering from local floods in 2016 – and every care has been taken to retain the character of this historic course.
With its tree-lined fairways and small, well-protected greens, this is a track to test the game and the character of every player – which makes it an ideal venue for the LIV Golf League.