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LIV GOLF SINGAPORE 2024

2024-05-05T12:19:34+01:00May 5th, 2024|

May 03-05, 2024

Graeme finished in T37 place at Singapore’s Sentosa Golf Club. G-Mac scored rounds of -3, +2 and E to give him a total of -1. The Portrush man started well with a bogey free opening round of 3 under par which had in the 8th place. Day 1 included an eagle on the par5 4th hole and birdie on the par 4, 10th. Severe weather impacted Day 2 and the start was delayed. It was tough going and Graeme dropped back with a 2 over round of 73. On Sunday, G-Mac was 1 under after 9 holes but a disappointing double bogey on the 5th (his 14th on the day) dropped him back. He got it back with a birdie two holes later on the 7th and then made consecutive pars to end the day Even.

Congratulations to Smash GC Team Captain, Brooks Koepka on the victory.

RESULT: T46
SCORE: +3(75), -6(66), -1(71), Tot -4

Smash GC narrowly missed a top 3 finish coming home in 4th position with a Total of -28 (R1, -11, R2, -12, R3, -5)

Course Details

Jungles, beaches, island greens… and a hidden Dragon’s Tail.

The Serapong Golf Course at Singapore’s Sentosa Golf Club looks like paradise, but don’t be fooled. There are perils lurking amid these perfect vistas. The ‘Tail’ refers to the snaking stretch of holes that slide from 4th to 7th, with vast lakes, tiny landing areas and fierce bunkers waiting to gobble any wayward shots.

This isn’t a course for big booming drives. In fact, the sheer number of hazards demand precision over power. If you’re a fan of subtlety, scrambles and the strategy of risk-reward, you’re going to love this.

Course Par: 71, Yards: 7,426

Other News

Earlier in the week Graeme talked about his desire to compete in the Olympics, But Highlights Obstacle.

“I’d love to play in the Olympics, no doubt. I had an opportunity in Rio the first time the Olympics golf came back on the roster for the Olympics. I didn’t go. I kind of regret it,” -Graeme McDowell said, as quoted by Irish Golfer.

McDowell is aware that with his current World Ranking, there are no chances of competing. However, McDowell highlights another option; There is a chance he could receive an invitation from another country.

“But with my current World Ranking I would say that’s fairly unlikely this season, unfortunately. I think I’m about 800th in the world. Unless I get residency of another country that might want me – I’ll take offers – I think I’m probably not going to be representing Ireland this year, unfortunately.”- he continued.

McDowell also has ambitions to compete in the Majors this year. Although playing on the LIV Golf has significantly complicated the path for him and his colleagues to play in the Majors, McDowell still hopes that there are chances to compete in the biggest tournaments.

Graeme hopes that he will be able to qualify to play in the US Open and the Open Championship. The Irishman has confirmed that he has entered the qualifying rounds for both competitions.

Every golfer dreams of playing on the big stage, but the decisions of individuals who have left the PGA Tour have made their journey difficult. LIV Golfers are not entitled to ranking points. However, some do not want to comment on such matters at all, emphasizing that LIV Golfers knew what joining LIV Golf entailed.

McDowell explained his plans, stating, “I’ve entered for both qualifiers.” He mentioned his schedule, stressing that he will be in Florida on Monday for the Houston qualifier and then in southern London on Tuesday for the International Series Morocco, which he will play right after the Open qualifying series. McDowell expressed his support for Brooks Koepka while also emphasizing his own goal of trying to qualify for a couple of majors himself.

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LIV GOLF ADELAIDE 2024

2024-04-28T12:22:59+01:00April 28th, 2024|

Apr 26—28, 2024

Graeme came away in T46 at the Grange Golf Club. The week got off to a disappointing start with an opening day score of +3. On day 2 Graeme came out showing grit and determination to shoot a strong 6 under which included birdies on the 3rd,8th,9th,13th,14th and 18th with no dropped shots. His final round got off to a good start with an opening birdie, but after that it was a mixed day with 3 more birdies mixed in with 4 bogeys.

As ever it was a great atmosphere in Adelaide and Graeme thanked the fans for their fantastic support.

RESULT: T46
SCORE: +3(75), -6(66), -1(71), Tot -4

Smash GC finished the week in 11 position with a Total of -31 (R1, -3, R2, -16, R3, -12)

Course Details

Lying close to the ocean and not far from central Adelaide, the Grange Golf Club frequently features in lists of Australia’s top golf courses.

The course, redesigned in recent years by LIV Golf Commissioner & CEO Greg Norman, plays to every inch of its 6,840 yards and presents a stiff test for even the finest golfers – as we’re about to see.

The firm and fast greens demand the utmost precision and could play into the hands of local hero Cam Smith, renowned as one of the best putters in the world. The players that move best on the dancefloor and revel in the amazing Aussie atmosphere are likely to prevail.

Course Par: 72, Yards: 6,899

Earlier in the week Graeme and Smash GC took time out to sign autographs for participants during a visit to the Taoundi College Aboriginal School in Adelaide.

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LIV GOLF MIAMI 2024

2024-04-28T12:15:30+01:00April 8th, 2024|

Apr 05—07, 2024

A T29 place for Graeme at The Blue Monster in Miami. Graeme opened with a 2 over Par 74 which included 5 birdies, it was a very much mixed round making birdie followed by a drop. On Day 2, G-Mac was 2 down after four holes but bounced back to complete the front nine on Par with consecutive birdies on the 17/18th (his 8th/9th on the day). On the back nine with one dropped shot on the 3rd (his 12th) he ended the day +1. His final day of the week on Sunday was his best with 3 birdies and one shot dropped. His week in Miami ended with a score of +1.

RESULT: T29
SCORE: +2(74), +1(73), -2(70), Tot +1

Smash GC finished the week in 7 position with a Total of -7 (R1, -6, R2, -1, R3, E)

Course Details

The Blue Monster has been earning its name for over half a century, taming the greats of our game with its endless perils.

This 7,701-yard course is practically more water than land, so vast are the lakes that lie in wait around every corner. The fairways are wafer-thin, the greens are fiercely guarded and the 18th hole is one of the most ruthless finishers in all of golf.

The 2023 Team Championship was held here and produced a moment of magic that will live long in the memory. Bryson DeChambeau hit a Hail Mary Birdie on the 16th which came from behind the hospitality stand, a pivotal moment as his Crushers GC clinched one of their famous comebacks.

That’s the kind of thing that can happen at the Blue Monster. Now, who’s going to pull a rabbit from the hat this time?

Course Par: 72, Yards: 7,701

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LIV GOLF HONG KONG 2024

2024-04-08T09:19:58+01:00March 4th, 2024|

Mar 08-10, 2024,

A fantastic T8 place for Graeme at the Hong Kong Golf Club. After an opening round of one under G-Mac was down the pack, but a brilliant second day score of -6 (which included 7 birdies) bumped him into the top 10 going into the final day. Playing some great golf Graeme got up to 2nd place on Sunday, he then dropped 2 consecutive shots on the 18th & 1st holes (His 15/16th on the day) which took the shine off and put him in 8th place to end the week. Graeme led the way finishing top for Smash GC.

His scores for the week were: -1, -6, -3, Total -10.

Smash GC finished the week in 7 position with a Total of -24 (R1, -7, R2, -10, R3 -7)

Course Details

First held in 1959, the Hong Kong Open is Hong Kong’s oldest professional sporting event and considered one of the “jewels in the crown” of Asian golf.

It has always been staged at the historic Hong Kong Golf Club in Fanling making it the only tournament in the world apart from the US Masters in Augusta to be played each year at the same venue for so long.

Course Par: 70, Yards: 6,708

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LIV GOLF LAS VEGAS 2024

2024-02-12T23:20:13+00:00February 11th, 2024|

Feb 08—10, 2024
Las Vegas Country Club, Las Vegas, USA

A fantastic final round for Graeme posting a 5 under par to finish in 5th place. This was his best finish on the LIV circuit and on the final round all the hard work came together. He carded 5 birdies with no dropped shots to be pushing for the lead at the end. Not only was it an amazing week for Graeme, his team SMASH GC came home winners in the team event. Koepka (Captain), Gooch, Kokrak & McDowell had a combined total of -33, a massive seven shots ahead of the 2nd place ACES GC.

Graeme scored a level-par 70 in round two at Las Vegas Country Club to fall seven back of the fast pace set by Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau. It was a case of one step forward, one step back for the Portrush man who fired three birdies but mixed in three bogeys as well, falling back from tied seventh to tied 26th as several players went low around the desert layout.

Graeme McDowell posted his best opening score since LIV’s arrival to sit just three off the lead in a share of seventh place after day one at Las Vegas County Club. Starting on the sixth hole in the shotgun start format, the Portrush man opened his birdie account with a three on the par-4 seventh, then added two more back-to-back on 12 and 13 before a bogey at 14, his only dropped shot of the day, momentarily halted the charge. He’d respond in ideal fashion with birdie at the par-5 15th, covering his opening nine in three-under. Another birdie at the first took him to -4 for the day, and he’d par his way to the par-3 fifth – his 18th – where a pinpoint iron shot left him a short birdie putt, only to see the four-footer slide by, ending an otherwise excellent opening effort on a rather sour note.

COURSE DETAILS

LIV Golf is about to take over a true Las Vegas institution, where the rich and famous have been sinking putts and cutting deals since 1967.

The Las Vegas Country club has hosted multiple pro tournaments, including the Las Vegas Invitational won by our own commissioner Greg Norman. The clubhouse, meanwhile, has provided sanctuary to Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Joe DiMaggio.

This venue once witnessed a classic ‘what happens in Vegas’ tale, when an FBI plane landed in a water hazard. Now, it’s time for another incredible story.

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LIV GOLF MAYAKOBA 2024

2024-02-05T08:52:05+00:00February 5th, 2024|

Feb 02—04, 2024
El Camaleón Golf Course, Mayakoba, Mexico

Graeme got his Smash GC debut underway with a T43 finish. With a course Par of 71 G-Mac scored E, +3 and +1 to end the week +4. Graeme’s best spell was in his opening round with a run of 4 birdies in 5 holes from the 6th to 10th holes, after that he struggled and couldn’t get any momentum going which dropped down the leaderboard.

Team Smash GC had an overall score of -12 to put them in 7 position.

COURSE DETAILS

The El Cameleón Course sits on the Riviera Maya, just down the coast from honeymoon hotbed Cancun, and Mayakoba and LIV Golf promises to be a match made in heaven.

The course, designed by LIV Golf Commissioner & CEO Greg Norman, fuses challenging holes with glorious scenery in a breathtaking beach-side setting. It’s the perfect venue for great golfing action.

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Graeme joins Smash for 2024!

2024-01-31T13:40:29+00:00January 28th, 2024|

Asian Tour – BNI Indonesian Masters presented by Tunas Niaga Energi

2023-11-24T07:45:46+00:00November 19th, 2023|

Nov 16 – 19, 2023

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.”

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Asian Tour – Hong Kong Open

2023-11-12T14:29:12+00:00November 12th, 2023|

Nov 9 – 12, 2023

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.

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Asian Tour – Volvo China Open

2023-11-06T15:31:43+00:00November 5th, 2023|

Nov 2 – 5, 2023

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.

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