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McDowell hits stinker in Orlando

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Posted Mar 25, 2011 by Jeff Dawson

Graeme McDowell

All the PGA Tour stars are in full preparation mode for the Masters, which starts on April 7th, and there are some worrying signs for one or two players who should be competing at Augusta.
Currently, most of the world’s best are all competing in the Arnold Palmer Invitational and the likes of Dustin Johnson, Graeme McDowell and Jeff Overton are all struggling to get close to par at the Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, Florida.
Johnson is currently on plus seven after his opening two rounds whilst McDowell, with 12 to play, is eight over after an opening 80 and Overton is in the clubhouse on plus 10 from his two rounds.
With American Spencer Levin leading the way on minus eight, it’s safe to assume that these guys will not be continuing in this competition past today.
World number four, McDowell, will be devastated by his performance so far, especially the disastrous triple bogey eight he endured in his opening 80 – the worst round in nearly six years since an 81 at the US Open in 2005.
Admittedly, the windy conditions didn’t help but McDowell’s own assessment should have alarm bells ringing for any fans who wish to back him at the first major of the season in April.
He told the BBC: “I haven’t been very happy with my game for about four weeks. This may be the wake-up call I need, you know? So it’s a good thing really, a reality check for me.”
McDowell has shown he is capable of leading a charge in a major, doing so when he won the US Open last year, and he has shown he has the bottle for the big occasion after holing the winning putt for Europe against the US in the Ryder Cup.
So we can be assured that he will work on his game and will return to the sort of form that saw him storm up the ranking over the last 15 months.
I personally wouldn’t bet on him at Augusta after this, but I have been known to be wrong before, and I hope McDowell proves me wrong again.

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