Graeme McDowell, the golfer from North Ireland, ended 3 shots clear of Keegan Bradley to snatch the World Golf Challenge that took place in California. The Ryder Cup star from Europe received a US$ 1 million cheque after he finished 17 – under for the week. With this win, he had also finished his 2 – year wait for a victory.
The US Open 2010 winner was 2 shots ahead of Keegan Bradley when the day started and he also secured his success with a tough back 9 that got him 4-under-68. Graeme McDowell was 1 – under at the turn following a stroke at the par – 5 second, but he tightened his case on the back 9 with 4 more birdies to equalize against a single bogey – 6 at the thirteenth.
Keegan Bradley started well, with birdies at holes 2 and 5, but was level par for front 9 following his shots on 8 and 9. He ended 3 – under for that round as he responded to Graeme McDowell’s rush, but that not quite enough.
This pair was quite well head compared to the rest of the players’ field. Bo Van Pelt finished 3rd four shots back from Keegan Bradley and 7 adrift of Graeme McDowell.
Tiger Woods, the host of the event, ended 4th alongside Rickie Fowler and American golfer Jim Furyk on 9 – under.
Northern Irish golfer Graeme McDowell has revealed that narrowly missing out on the title at the recently concluded British Championship 2012 has left fellow pro Adam Scott absolutely heartbroken. For four days, some of the best golfers in the world gathered at the Royal Lytham & Sty. Annes Golf Course but there could be only one winner at the end of the tournament. And in the end, South African golfer Ernie Els bagged the Claret Jug, one of the most prestigious trophies in the world of professional golfing, beating Scott by just one stroke.
And speaking about Scott and his performances throughout the course of the tournament, Graeme McDowell stated that it was difficult to say anything to him at that moment which would have consoled him. He also revealed that he told him that he is still a great champion of the game and that there are several Majors ahead to look forward to. But McDowell accepted that it was tough for Adam Scott, commenting that he struggled on the greens on the final day, something that almost all the other players on the green went through.
Having played one of the best rounds of his career on the first day carding 8 birdies along with 2 bogeys, Scott managed to card another 4 birdies with another bogey on the second day. He had 3 birdies and another bogey on the third day. And having bagged just a single birdie with 3 bogeys, the tournament was effectively lost by Scott early on the fourth day, in spite of holding on to the lead.
And Graeme McDowell spoke how disappointed and heartbroken Scott was left after the event, but added that he tried to console him by seeing that he still is one of the best players he has ever played with or against.