Graeme McDowell, of Northern Ireland, poses for a design on a 18th hole during a use turn for a U.S. Open Championship golf contest Tuesday, Jun 11, 2019, in Pebble Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Instead of winning some-more majors, Graeme McDowell has been focused on subordinate for them.
And instead of enjoying what could have been a primary of his personification days on journey control, McDowell has had to bend down simply to keep his career going.
It was 9 years ago that a up-and-comer from Northern Ireland donned his grey cardigan on Sunday during Pebble Beach, afterwards hold off Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els to constraint a U.S. Open.
Some competence contend that victory, total with a Ryder Cup-clinching opening after in a year, done McDowell’s career. What it unequivocally did was set a bar high, maybe too high, and set adult McDowell to be bombarded by a solid tide of reminders about how tough this diversion unequivocally is.
After climbing to No. 6 in a universe on a strength of his shining 2010, McDowell finished final year ranked 238th.
“I never unequivocally ever pronounced to myself, ‘Hey, we know, we won a vital championship, we should be improved than this,'” he said. “Golf is a variable game. we took my eye off a ball, it felt like for a second, and a hundred 25-year-old kids came using by me. It’s a inlet of a savage out here. It’s a tough game.”
There are signs McDowell, who turns 40 this summer, competence be rebounding.
He notched his initial feat given 2015 in Mar in a Dominican Republic — an opposite-field eventuality while a tip players were competing during a Match Play Championship.
Last week, he done a 30-foot putt on a final hole of a Canadian Open to secure a mark in a British Open, that will be played subsequent month on his home march in Northern Ireland, Royal Portrush. It will be his initial entrance in possibly a Masters or British Open given 2016. His 10-year grant to a U.S. Open, where he’s missed a cut 4 of a final 6 years, runs out after 2020.
Given his struggles, McDowell conceded his biggest idea for this year, other than creation it to Royal Portrush, was simply to keep his PGA Tour card, that he achieved with a win in March.
“When we start kind of … thinking, ‘I could be prepared for a second theatre of my life and my second career,’ it’s a review we had with myself center of final year,” McDowell said. “And we started to comprehend we adore being out here. And a prophesy of it going away, personification a approach we was playing, it was going to go divided utterly soon.”
McDowell believes his diversion is returning interjection to an epiphany of sorts: that instead of resenting golf and wrestling with it, he should welcome a game, and all a hurdles it presents.
On Thursday and Friday, McDowell, as a former champion, has a marquee tee time alongside Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson. He concedes that 3 or 4 months ago, a awaiting of such a pairing felt intimidating. But all of a sudden, he feels as yet he belongs again.
“It’s positively been a slower routine than we illusory removing a certainty back. But it is coming,” McDowell said. “And we come into this week feeling really good about my game, looking brazen to a plea of teeing it adult with dual good players, and perplexing to disintegrate this golf march and get myself in position to hopefully be means to contest this weekend.”