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Shriners Children’s Open

Result
Graeme finished in 71st Place at the Shriners Children’s Open on +1 with rounds of 70, 66, 74 and 75. The highlight was a blistering back nine on Day 2, with five birdies in seven holes between the 10th and 16th holes which ensured he would be around for the weekend.

Day 4
In his final round at the Shriners Children’s Open, Graeme McDowell hit 13 of 14 fairways and 10 of 18 greens in regulation, finishing at 1 over for the tournament. McDowell finished his day in 71st at 1 over; Sungjae Im is in 1st at 24 under; Matthew Wolff is in 2nd at 20 under; and Rory Sabbatini, Adam Schenk, and Marc Leishman are tied for 3rd at 19 under.

At the 469-yard par-4 second, McDowell got on in 2 and missed his par putt from 6 feet, finishing with a 3-putt bogey. This moved McDowell to 1 over for the round.

McDowell got a bogey on the 492-yard par-4 third, getting on the green in 3 and two putting, moving McDowell to 2 over for the round.

On the 430-yard par-4 sixth, McDowell had a double bogey after hitting the green in 4 and two putting, moving McDowell to 4 over for the round.

On the 239-yard par-3 eighth, McDowell’s tee shot went 236 yards to the left side of the fairway and his chip went 24 yards to the green where he rolled a two-putt for bogey. This moved him to 5 over for the round.

On the par-4 10th, McDowell’s 133 yard approach to 11 feet set himself up for the birdie on the hole. This moved McDowell to 4 over for the round.

McDowell got a bogey on the 448-yard par-4 11th, getting on the green in 3 and two putting, moving McDowell to 5 over for the round.

After a 285 yard drive on the 560-yard par-5 16th, McDowell chipped his third shot to 2 feet, which he rolled for one-putt birdie on the hole. This moved McDowell to 4 over for the round.

Day 3
Graeme McDowell hit 12 of 18 greens in regulation during his third round at the Shriners Children’s Open, finishing at 3 under for the tournament. McDowell finished his day tied for 70th at 3 under; Adam Schenk is in 1st at 18 under; Matthew Wolff is in 2nd at 17 under; and Chad Ramey, Sam Burns, and Andrew Putnam are tied for 3rd at 16 under.

After a drive to the left side of the fairway on the 408-yard par-4 first hole, McDowell had a 142 yard approach shot, setting himself up for the birdie. This moved McDowell to 1 under for the round.

At the 469-yard par-4 second, McDowell reached the green in 2 and rolled a 40-foot putt for birdie. This put McDowell at 2 under for the round.

On the 197-yard par-3 fifth, McDowell’s tee shot went 188 yards to the right side of the fairway and his chip went 15 yards to the green where he rolled a two-putt for bogey. This moved him to 1 under for the round.

After hitting his tee shot into the native area, McDowell hit his next to the left side of the fairway and reached the green on his fourth shot, rolling a one-putt bogey on the 430-yard par-4 sixth. This moved McDowell to even for the round.

On the 448-yard par-4 11th, McDowell had a bogey after hitting the green in 3 and two putting, moving McDowell to 1 over for the round.

On the 168-yard par-3 14th, McDowell’s tee shot went 178 yards to the right side of the fairway and his chip went 13 yards to the green where he rolled a two-putt for bogey. This moved him to 2 over for the round.

After a 275 yard drive on the 341-yard par-4 15th, McDowell chipped his second shot to 9 feet, which he rolled for one-putt birdie on the hole. This moved McDowell to 1 over for the round.

After a 272 yard drive on the 560-yard par-5 16th, McDowell chipped his third shot to 2 feet, which he rolled for one-putt birdie on the hole. This moved McDowell to even-par for the round.

After a tee shot at the 196-yard par-3 17th green, McDowell suffered from a tough three-putt after missing a putt from 6-feet for a par and finished with a bogey. This put McDowell at 1 over for the round.

Day 2
In his second round at the Shriners Children’s Open, Graeme McDowell hit 10 of 14 fairways and 16 of 18 greens in regulation, finishing at 6 under for the tournament. McDowell finished his day tied for 42nd at 6 under; Chad Ramey and Sungjae Im are tied for 1st at 14 under; Sam Burns and Adam Schenk are tied for 3rd at 13 under; and Aaron Wise is in 5th at 12 under.

McDowell got a bogey on the 450-yard par-4 fourth, getting on the green in 4 and one putting, moving McDowell to 1 over for the round.

At the 382-yard par-4 seventh, McDowell reached the green in 2 and rolled a 35-foot putt for birdie. This put McDowell at even-par for the round.

On the par-4 10th, McDowell’s 133 yard approach to 15 feet set himself up for the birdie on the hole. This moved McDowell to 1 under for the round.

After a drive to the right side of the fairway on the 448-yard par-4 11th hole, McDowell had a 196 yard approach shot, setting himself up for the birdie. This moved McDowell to 2 under for the round.

On the 442-yard par-4 12th hole, McDowell reached the green in 2 and sunk a 18-foot putt for birdie. This was his 3rd under-par hole in a row and moved McDowell to 3 under for the round.

At the 341-yard par-4 15th, McDowell reached the green in 2 and rolled a 34-foot putt for birdie. This put McDowell at 4 under for the round.

After a 275 yard drive on the 560-yard par-5 16th, McDowell chipped his third shot to 8 feet, which he rolled for one-putt birdie on the hole. This moved McDowell to 5 under for the round.

Day 1
Graeme McDowell hit 13 of 18 greens in regulation during his first round at the Shriners Children’s Open, finishing at 1 under for the tournament. McDowell finished his day tied for 99th at 1 under; Sung Kang is in 1st at 10 under; Chad Ramey, Charley Hoffman, and Sungjae Im are tied for 2nd at 8 under; and Talor Gooch, Matt Jones, Adam Schenk, Chesson Hadley, and Matthew Wolff are tied for 5th at 7 under.

At the 420-yard par-4 10th, McDowell got on in 2 and missed his par putt from 8 feet, finishing with a 3-putt bogey. This moved McDowell to 1 over for the round.

After a drive to the left rough on the 606-yard par-5 13th hole, McDowell hit an approach shot from 94 yards to 9 feet, setting himself up for the birdie on the hole. This moved McDowell to even for the round.

On the 560-yard par-5 16th hole, McDowell reached the green in 3 and sunk a 15-inch putt for birdie. This moved McDowell to 1 under for the round.

On the 469-yard par-4 second hole, McDowell reached the green in 2 and sunk a 23-foot putt for birdie. This moved McDowell to 1 under for the round.

On the 197-yard par-3 fifth, McDowell’s tee shot went 218 yards to the right side of the fairway and his chip went 14 yards to the green where he rolled a two-putt for bogey. This moved him to even-par for the round.

On the 563-yard par-5 ninth hole, McDowell reached the green in 3 and sunk a 4-foot putt for birdie. This moved McDowell to 1 under for the round.

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October 11th, 2021|

43rd Ryder Cup

Result
United States claimed a record breaking 19-9 victory at Whistling Straits.

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September 27th, 2021|

Dutch Open

Result
After some encouraging play Graeme ended his Dutch Open in tied 22nd place with rounds of 71,66,70 and 72, -9 in total. This was Graeme’s second tournament back since his forearm repair procedure, and the highlight was an impressive second round 66 to reach the midway stage at Bernardus Golf Club in Cromvoirt on six-under-par 137.

The Northern Irishman said “I improved in the two areas that I needed to, which were getting the ball into play off the tee and feeling better on the greens. I drove the ball much better. There’s still some room for improvement and I think I left a few out there, which is always pleasing when you shoot six-under and still feel like you have left a few.” He added: “After a couple of months on the couch, I am obviously pleased with a lot of the things I am doing. My swing and iron play feels particularly good and this is a key iron play golf course.”

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September 20th, 2021|

BMW PGA Championship

Result
Graeme finishes in tied 49th place at the BMW PGA Championship with rounds of 71 69 73 70, with a score of -5.

After a solid 69 on day 2 Graeme had shot himself into position to claim his best European Tour finish of the season after a three under par second round 69 left the Portrush man in a tie for 24th at the midway stage. He had a lot to do after a 73 on Saturday but a nice 70 on the final day which included 5 birdies bumped him up 9 places. Stand out holes during the week was the par 5, 4th which Graeme eagled on day 2 with further birdies on round 3 and 4. He birdied the 18th on all 4 days in front of the big crowds at the Wentworth Golf Club in Surrey, England.

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September 13th, 2021|

abrdn Scottish Open

Result
Graeme missed the cut at The Renaissance Club, North Berwick, Scotland with rounds of 73 and 72.

Graeme will now take eight week’s off to have an operation on his forearm and hopefully returns to the Tour for the BMW PGA CHAMPIONSHIP at Wentworth in early September.

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July 12th, 2021|

2021 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

Graeme finished his 2021 Irish Open with a round of 70 which put him tied 56. The standout round was 67 on day 2 and with Graeme’s ultra positive attitude when the consistency returns he will be back to the top.

Graeme produced a stirring fightback to set himself up for a potentially confidence boosting weekend at the 2021 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

“It’s so important, even looking forward to next week, the big key with this game is 65, 66, 67.

You feel good about yourself as we move on; there’s always next week. But if you’re missing cuts and going home on Friday night, you miss that weekend and you miss the opportunity to build. And I think that’s been one of the main problems the last 12 months, the amount of cuts that I’ve missed, which has just killed that ability to create confidence.

Because even 50th spot going out on a Sunday and shooting 65, you take something into the following week. So making the weekend here, having the ability to be able to create a little bit of momentum as I move into a huge week next week, not ruling out the chance of shooting something low tomorrow and having a chance here on Sunday.

But like I say, key to have four rounds” Rory McIlroy talks after arrival in County Kilkenny yesterday. “The last time I was on the 18th green here was that prize-giving ceremony. Tiger Woods won and I somehow sneaked my way under the ropes on to the back of the green.

I was standing right behind him and his glove was still in his back pocket. I could have reached out and got it and ran, that would have been a good story to tell. Obviously I didn’t. It was the first time I’d seen him play live.

I still remember the first shot I saw him hit, the drive at the 5th, a par five. He hit 2-iron into the green. It was so cool. I’d idolised him growing up and to actually see the man in the flesh was pretty exciting”.

“I’d made a bit of a name for myself as an amateur by then and knew Chubby (Chandler) and Darren (Clarke) so I was in the clubhouse and got to chat to Ernie when he won. It’s amazing to think it’s been 17 year.

Certainly a lot’s changed for me since the last time I was here. I might as well play the Scottish as well. My original plan up until last week was us to come as a family, play here, take a week off, which is now the Scottish Open, and play the Open.

With me being a sports person the restrictions are not as heavy for me as they would be for Erica and Poppy. I felt it wasn’t fair to put them through what they’d have to go through to be here with me. The plans changed very quickly and we made the decision I travel on my own.

I wasn’t going to go back to the States for a week inbetween the Irish and the Open, so if I’m here I might as well play the Scottish as well. It went very quickly from them coming, to not coming and then me playing three events in a row!

If anything, it’s probably worked out for the best. It’ll be nice to get a tournament on a links course before going into Sandwich. I didn’t play for a week because I was spending time with the family before being away. So I can now get to work here and in Scotland”

Defiant in the face of adversity.

“It’s just the mental side of the game that’s just not there. My expectation levels are high, so really trying to adjust that,” says McDowell.

“At this point, I really should be out here playing tournaments, enjoying myself, everything else is gravy from here. If I wasn’t to hit another shot here, it’s been a great run, it’s been a great career.

“But I’m not ready to walk away like this. I’m not ready to finish my career like this. I feel like I have the ability to continue to compete and play at a high level again.

“I’ve got things that I want to achieve, and it’s about kind of just refocusing on what does success look like for me now. It’s different from what it looked like 10 years ago and just making sure that I do a better job and give myself the ability to go on the golf course, relax, enjoy, the old cliché, get out of my own way.

“That’s kind of where I’m at right now. The game is probably closer than it looks on paper. Just not really putting numbers on the board, but I don’t really feel like I’m miles away.”

There is precedent this year alone that it’s not impossible to win after long droughts. Phil Mickelson won the US PGA at 51. Jordan Spieth claimed the Valero Texas Open after nearly four years without a win. Even Richard Bland, who McDowell will play the first two rounds with this week, won his first European Tour event at the 478th time of asking at the British Masters.

How desperately G-Mac would love to join them in the winner’s circle in Kilkenny this week, and he believes those recent victories prove it is within reach for him.

“One of the mistakes I made the last year is searching too deeply and trying to do things differently rather than focusing on the things that made me great to this point and trying to get better at those again,” he adds.

“It’s inspiring to see that guys can dig themselves out of holes. I’ve dug myself out of a hole a couple of times the last four or five years. There’s no reason why I can’t do it again.”

Result
Postition: T56
Round 1 – 74, Round 2 – 67, Round 3 – 70, Round 3 – 70,   Total -3

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July 5th, 2021|
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