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Valspar Championship

2021-05-03T17:27:44+01:00May 3rd, 2021|

Day 2 / Result
Graeme missed the cut after adding a 73 to yesterday’s 74.

Round 1 – 74, Round 2 – 72. Total +5

Day 1
Graeme is 10 shots off the lead after the opening round at the Valspar Championship.

The Northern Irishman carded a three-over 74 which has him well outside the top 100 after day one.
McDowell initially made a strong start, with a birdie on the first followed by another on the fifth.

But consecutive bogeys on seven and eight dropped him back to level par. However, he finished off his front nine with a birdie on the ninth.

Bogeys on 11, 13 and 16 – mitigated by a birdie on 14 – saw McDowell slip back before a double bogey on the penultimate hole saw him slip further back to three over.

Above pic : Each PGA Tour stop has its own traditions and at the Valspar Championship, home of the Snake Pit, one fun thing they do is change up the names on the caddie bibs.

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Zurich Classic of New Orleans

2021-04-26T07:27:22+01:00April 26th, 2021|

Graeme had a moment to remember with his first hole-in-one on the PGA Tour during the second round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

“I’d have been very happy with anything dry there, but I’ll take a one!”

Graeme’s ace came in style at the difficult 17th hole at TPC Louisiana as he played in the foursomes alongside his partner Matt Wallace.

The 2010 US Open champion hit a low draw into the breeze off the tee on the 216-yard par-three which has water down the left.

His ball landed towards the front of the green and curled in perfectly from there at a decent pace, to the delight of the watching crowd.

Back on the tee, Graeme had bent down to pick up his tee and did not see the ball drop into the hole, unlike Wallace who immediately grabbed hold of the Northern Irishman and started celebrating.

Result

Graeme and partner Matt Wallace finished in a tie for 23rd place.

Round 1 – 66, Round 2 – 70, Round 3 – 68, Round 4 – 72. Total -12

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RBC Heritage

2021-04-19T07:20:50+01:00April 19th, 2021|

Graeme missed the cut at the 2021 RBC Heritage, Harbour Town Golf Links, Hilton Head, SC.

Round 2
Graeme’s 2nd round started well with birdies on 2 and 5 but a double bogey on 8 set him back and ended his challenge. From there his round was even with birdies on 9 and 12 cancelled out by bogies on 14 and 15.

Round 1
Graeme will have to produce a strong round to reach the weekend at the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Graeme is in the bottom half of the leaderboard at Harbour Town after a two-over 73 in his opening round, which is three shots off the projected cut mark.

Graeme struggled for consistency at Harbour Town, recording three birdies on his front nine but also dropping two shots before the turn.

His back nine was little better, the former US Open champion finding two more bogeys and also a double-bogey, but he did fire in a sensational approach to 11 inches on the 18th for birdie to give him some momentum to take into today’s second round..

SCORE
Position: CUT
Round 1 – 73, Round 2 – 71
Score: +2

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Valero Texas Open

2021-04-05T09:49:25+01:00April 5th, 2021|

A final round of +2, 74 for Graeme gives a T54 finish with even par for the tournament.

Summary
Graeme had his best round of the tournament on Saturday with a bogey-free 69 at the Valero Texas Open.

Starting on the back nine, he opened with eight pars before turning with a birdie on the 18th hole. That brought Graeme under par and two more birdies on the third and seventh holes.

Score
Round 1 – 74, Round 2 – 71, Round 3 – 69, Round 4 – 74

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Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship

2021-03-30T17:17:26+01:00March 29th, 2021|

Graeme finished two shots behind winner Joel Dahmen at the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship PGA Tour event in the Dominican Republic.

Graeme, who won the event in 2019, shot a final round of 69 on Sunday which moved him to 10-under-par.

Five birdies brought Graeme into contention however two bogeys on the final two holes ended his challenge.

The 2010 US Open champion ended the windswept seaside course tied for fourth with his best finish in two years.

“You know, it’s great to feel disappointed with a top-10 because it’s been a really, really rough three months this year,” Graeme said.

“It’s actually been a rough stretch since last June, since we came back after the break. I really haven’t played the type of golf I know I’m capable of.

“It’s been a tough run and this is really a light at the end of the tunnel this week, so it’s really important that I sort of frame this up the right way. This is massive progress.

“You could look at those two bogeys and if you focus on those, all you see is disappointment, but I have to focus on the bigger picture, which is I’m back playing the kind of golf I know I can play.

“I’m going to San Antonio next week with a chance to compete in the golf tournament, which is what I believe I’m capable of.”

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The Honda Classic

2021-03-20T12:18:16+00:00March 20th, 2021|

Day2
A much better day of 1 under 69 for G-Mac with birdies on the Hole 4 and 17, the one blemish was a bogey on the 11th. This wasn’t enough to make the weekend but when the consistency returns Graeme hopefully will be back well up the leaderboard.

Day1
Graeme had a horror day on the par-threes at PGA National as he started the Honda Classic with a round to forget in Palm Beach Gardens in Florida.

The Rathmore man recorded a quadruple-bogey, a double-bogey and two bogeys to finish a combined seven-over-par on the four shortest holes on his way to a nine-over-par round overall that leaves him needing to do some work to make the weekend.

Graeme had started well, birdieing his opening hole, the 10th, and the 12th either side of a bogey at 11, but the quadruple-bogey came at the 15th and then the double followed on 17.

Although the World No.117 birdied the par-five 18th, that was to be his last of the day as he dropped four shots after the turn to end well off the pace and needing a big day to avoid a fifth missed cut in six events this year.

By Belfast Telegraph.

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The PLAYERS Championship

2021-03-13T10:20:41+00:00March 11th, 2021|

Day2
Graeme was going well after 6 holes with a birdie on the 2nd but a bad run of bogies from holes 7 to 10 knocked him back. He dug in with birdies on 4 and 16, finishing +2 for the day but this wasn’t enough to progress to the weekend.


Talking to the Irish Examiner Graeme said.

“I’m just satisfied that to me this week feels like the beginning,” he said. “It feels like the end of something and it feels like the beginning of something, I don’t know what it is. It’s been a really weird kind of nine or 10 months for me since we came back in June.

“I left off with some momentum and I’ve come back out and I’ve had no momentum and somehow I feel like it’s the crowds and some familiar surroundings, Bay Hill last week and here this week and the familiarity to me. It’s like I feel like we’re at the end.

“Obviously it’s not the end globally for this thing, but like from a golf point of view, I feel like some kind of some kind of familiarity coming back, which I need.

“My swing’s starting to turn a corner a little bit and I needed to kind of draw a line in the sand and try and get myself back to where I was this time last year. So coming back here I think going to Bay Hill last week with the good memories of normal life last year, coming here, the first round, good memories of some sort of normal life and I hope I can sort of channel some of that and start playing the golf I know I’m capable of again.”

Day1
First round score of 1 over par 73 puts Graeme in the top half of the field after day 1.


Graeme get’s his 1st round off at 7:07am local time with CT Pan and Matt Kuchar.

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Arnold Palmer Invitational Presented By MasterCard

2021-03-07T13:37:14+00:00March 7th, 2021|

Day2
Graeme missed the cut but played a much better 2nd round ending the day with a 2 under par 70. If he could have matched his first day with a similar score Graeme would have been well in the hunt so will take some positives away from Bay Hill.

Day1
A disappointing opening day firing a 79, after which Graeme said “Not what we were looking for today, but we will soldier on.”


This week Graeme is at the Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando for the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard.

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Saudi International powered by SoftBank Investment Advisers

2021-02-07T18:02:14+00:00February 6th, 2021|

Final round of 2 under today at the Saudi International which included 5 birdies and a bump up the leaderboard. Always get up and keep moving forward…..It may be slow but it’s still progress…


Graeme goes into the weekend after 2 level par rounds of 70. With an eye on the cut line GMac birdied 18 at the end of his second round keeping his tournament alive.

Preview
Graeme is looking to kickstart his season this week with the defence of his Saudi International title.

“When you come to a place with good memories, it’s easy to visualise yourself being successful around a place when you’ve played well,”

“I’ve hit a lot of balls the last couple months. I’m moving back in the right direction.”

“I think one of the big things missing for me right now is that little bit of confidence and belief in my ability to make enough birdies to score well to compete.

“So I’d love to try and find something this week. It’s been a disappointing Middle East so far. Missed by a few last week in Dubai. Would dearly love to play well this week and get my season kicked off.”

“I’m excited. I think I can have a good year. I feel motivated and I feel healthy and like I say, that Ryder Cup carrot is out there dangling.”

“This time last year when I was sitting here, it felt a long, distant kind of dream. I feel like when I won here last year, it became very achievable for me.”


Watch Graeme’s shot breakdown from the Par 3, 16th Hole playing along the Red Sea at Royal Greens G&CC.

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