Graeme finished in tied 15th place on -3 at the first Asian Tour event in the UK, played at SLALEY Hall hotel, spa and golf resort.
Graeme scored rounds of 70, 69, 70 and 72.
About the event:
SLALEY Hall hotel, spa and golf resort welcomed golfers as the Asian Tour brings its International Series England to Northumberland.
The highly anticipated US$2 million golf tournament attracted global stars and ran from Thursday, June 2 to Sunday, June 5.
It is the first event staged by the Asian Tour in the UK and admission was free. It is also one of ten top-tier events announced by LIV Golf investments and the Asian Tour which make up the all-new International Series as part of an unprecedented $300million investment in the game.
Graeme finished in T33. After day 1, Graeme, the only Irish player in the field, sat 6 from top with a one-under-par.
On Day 2 G-Mac notched his second consecutive round of 70 to make the cut by one stroke on two-under overall. The Northern Irishman’s round was a tale of two halves, with four birdies on the front nine offset by three dropped shots after the turn. He headed into the weekend ten shots off the lead in a tied for 58th.
Graeme some fine golf in the wind at the third round of the Mexico Open at Vidanta, making four birdies as well as two bogeys, to move up the leaderboard after his third round, ending the day in a tie for 45th.
Graeme putts well in round four of the Mexico Open at Vidanta.
Graeme hit 13 of 18 greens in regulation during his final round at the Mexico Open at Vidanta, and had a good round of putting, with no misses on putts within 10 feet. Graeme finished his day tied for 33rd at 7 under.
On the 498-yard par-4 second, Graeme had a bogey after hitting the green in 3 and two putting, moving him to 1 over for the round.
After a 325 yard drive on the 297-yard par-4 seventh, Graeme chipped his second shot to 5 feet, which he rolled for one-putt birdie on the hole. This moved Graeme to even for the round.
Graeme hit his tee at the green on the 170-yard par-3 13th, setting himself up for a long 37-foot birdie putt, which he converted. This moved Graeme to 1 under for the round.
On the 585-yard par-5 14th hole, Graeme reached the green in 3 and sunk a 11-foot putt for birdie. This moved Graeme to 2 under for the round.
On the 548-yard par-5 18th hole, Graeme reached the green in 3 and sunk a 5-foot putt for birdie. This moved Graeme to 3 under for the round.
Graeme and player partner Séamus Power missed the cut at TPC Louisiana. The all-Irish team opened on Day 1 with a score of seven under par which put them in contention in T28, but it was a tough Day 2 for the pair only managing 74, which dropped them below the cut line.
In his final round at the RBC Heritage, Graeme shot a 68. He hit 9 of 14 fairways and 8 of 18 greens in regulation, finishing just outside the top 20 in tied 21st position, 8 under for the tournament.
Result T21 – 66, 76, 66, 68, -8
Graeme bounced back on Day 3 and was back on the up with a determined and gritty 5 under, 66.
Graeme goes into the weekend after following up his opening 66 with a disappointing 76 to drop down the field.
“I love the island here, such a great event”, said Graeme McDowell, who won here in 2013 and hasn’t missed it since. He shot an opening-round 66 this time around, after which he said, “A phenomenal golf course where people are just happy to see you.”
Graeme has struggled with back spasms for the past two weeks, but he was back to his best at a favourite stomping ground yesterday, firing five birdies in a 66 after getting some inspiration watching the Masters.
“It’s always great to watch the best players in the world and realise that you were there once, and you can be back there again,” McDowell said, adding he’d love “Rory’s driving, Tiger’s mind and Shane’s chipping”.
“I feel like I’ve got some renewed energy the last few months and want to obviously continue that momentum, continue playing well. This is always a fun golf course and a challenge I enjoy.”
Graeme saw his tournament come to a premature end after missing the cut at the Valero Texas Open, he shot rounds of 74 and 75 to bow out on +5.
Graeme, who started on the 10th tee, bogeyed his second hole but got the shot back at the 14th to leave him on even par heading onto the front nine.
He started that with a bogey before a double bogey at the fourth sent him tumbling down the leaderboard.
The Portrush man birdied the eighth but a closing bogey saw him end the tournament on three over.
It was a rough opening day for Graeme after a two-over 74. The former US Open Champion – who strained his back at last week’s Corales Puntacana Championship – opened with a birdie at the par-five second but couldn’t capitalise on that momentum and saw bogeys fall at the fifth, seventh, ninth and 15th, although he did recover a late shot at the par-five 18th.
Graeme finished in tied 50th place at -4 with rounds of 68, 68, 73 and 75.
Graeme the 2019 winner, got off to a good start and after Day 1 was two strokes behind after a bogey-free 68. He followed that up on Day 2 with another 68 with the highlight being double back-to-back birdies from holes 14 to 18.
“All in all, really happy with that start,” McDowell said. “Felt comfortable on the golf course. My fifth time here, I’m starting to feel reasonably comfortable down here in the strong wind. Felt good on the greens, everything felt pretty solid, so look forward to getting back at it in the morning.”
On Day 3 and 4 Graeme dropped down the leaderboard with disappointing rounds of 73 and 75.
“The golf course is wide open off the tee, if you get out of position, this golf course can kind of jump up and bite you.”