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03 Feb 2020

Graeme McDowell wins Saudi International

Graeme McDowell wins Saudi International

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Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell held off a strong field to earn his 16th professional win, his 11th on the European Tour , with a 2 shot victory at the Saudi International . The win was the 40 year old’s first in 5 and half years and has no doubt propelled him into the thoughts of Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington .  McDowell began the final round one shot clear of his 2014 Ryder Cup partner Victor Dubuisson, but the French man fell to sixth on seven-under after a 74.   The blustery playing conditions at Al Murooj Golf Course may have given the Portrush native a sense of home and the famed Dunluce links at Royal Portrush as his battling qualities saw him hole a 25-foot birdie at the 14th followed by another from three feet at the next to move three clear.

 

 

The defending champion Dustin Johnson had an eagle on the last hole to leave him 2 shots off the lead with a closing 67 but McDowell’s experience same him over the line as he made 3 consecutive pars . 

 

 

The 2010 US Open champion came away with a cheque for over €500,000 and now finds himself once again inside the top 50 players in the world, a position he will hope to cement in the coming months to allow him to make a 5th Ryder Cup appearance for Team Europe in this years event at Whistling Straits.  2019 Open Champion Shane Lowry was also in the field and produced a steady performance for the week that saw him finish in a tie for 13th after a final round of 69. 


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