July 22, 2012; St. Annes, ENGLAND; Graeme McDowell tees off on the 1st hole during the final round of the 2012 British Open Championship at Royal Lytham

Graeme McDowell In The Hunt At Doral

Graeme McDowell shot a second round -5 under par 67 on Friday afternoon at The WGC-Cadillac golf tournament, to put himself in contention at -11 under par. He fired a second bogey free round in very calm conditions at the normally tough Blue Monster, which is part of the Trump Doral complex. The 33 year old Ulsterman should be a factor when they tee it up for the weekend.

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March 07, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Graeme McDowell tees off on his first hole at the WGC Cadillac Championship at Trump Doral Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

McDowell has played well since missing the cut at The Northern Trust Open last month. He was eliminated in the fourth round at The Accenture Match Play Championships, and finished T 9 last week at The Honda. After re-locating his living accommodations to Florida and taking a needed  break from the game, seems to have the rust dusted off his game, and ready to play golf.

You might remember, McDowell won in his final 2012 appearance at The World Challenge, where he beat tournament host Tiger Woods.

I’m not sure Tiger( who is leading by two strokes at this writing), wants to face McDowell on Sunday afternoon. Even though Tiger is playing well, has struggled in the middle of the back nine. Although Woods has made 17 birdies to this point during the first two rounds,  three of his four bogeys have come at 13 and 14 on Thursday, and 14 on Friday. Should these two be slugging it out on Sunday, McDowell has played this stretch in one under par.

McDowell is a tough competitor, and would provide an exciting ending to what is turning out to be a great golf tournament.

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