One weekend can change the momentum of a season, but Graeme McDowell’s recovery has been ongoing for a while now.
Having not won since 2015, the Ulsterman’s spell in the doldrums culminated in only one top ten in the whole of last season.
After making a series of cuts on the PGA Tour earlier this year, ‘GMac’ finished 12th at the European Tour’s flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship. A week later a fifth place at the Italian Open followed, and here at the RBC Canadian Open on the PGA Tour, McDowell is well placed for a high finish.
On -5 after 36 holes, he turned in a bogey free round of 67 yesterday, entering the top 25. He’s continuing that fine weekend form in earnest today, starting with three straight birdies (footage via PGATour.com).
A good approach on the par 3 7th saw him make a nine footer for a fourth birdie, going out in 31. Four pars since then see him currently in the top ten, and up to 135 in the all important FedEx Cup rankings, where the top 125 secure their PGA Tour cards for next season and get to compete for ten million dollars in the FedEx Cup playoffs.
Shane Lowry is 27th on 11 under after 10 holes.