by Jeff Skinner
Graeme McDowell is a fun golfer to watch. He always seems to be having a good time, even on the difficult days. He is as honest and forthright with the media as any golfer out there and he plays with a go for broke style regardless of the situation.
Yesterday was one of those days as the Northern Irishman claimed his third victory of the year in what he called a “funny year.” Indeed it has been for Gmac and it has either been feast or famine. In his last eight events he has either missed the cut or gone on to win, a funny year indeed.
McDowell’s victory at the Alstom Open de France moves him to sixth in the Official World Golf Rankings. He missed the cut at last week’s Irish Open but he has mastered the “bounceback” with another victory after a missed cut.
“It’s been a bit of a battle. It’s been a funny year. My game has not felt far away most weeks but I have missed a lot more cuts than normal and missing cuts hurts.
“It certainly motivated me a lot the last few weeks. The US Open was a tough one to take and missing the cut in Ireland last week; it made me more hungry to want to be in positions like I was this afternoon.”
With a victory at the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage and European Tour wins at the Volvo Match Play and in France, McDowell is fashioning a very productive season. After all, he’s been giving himself the weekend off and still packing on the wins. That’s a good gig if you can get it. And the “funny” kind of season many golfers would sign up for in a second.