2010 US Open Champion, Graeme McDowell ended a 10 week layoff by getting back to work on Thursday at the Pebble Beach National Pro Am. The 34 year-old Northern Irishman said he hit a wall after the US Open at Merion, and just needed some time away from the game. It was a busy off-season for GMac. He got married, opened a new restaurant, and has decided to cut back on his off-course activities so he has more energy down the stretch.
Graeme McDowell returned to the site of his only major championship at Pebble Beach with his new bride, Kristin Stape, and his father, Kenny. His dad will play with him in the Pro Am, and indicated the biggest thing on his agenda for the week was having a beer with Clint Eastwood.
“I’m just really trying to put the emphasis back on my golf,” McDowell said. “I’ve had a lot of things going on, but I feel like my life is quieting down off the golf course now as I achieve some balance and start to move on to some sort of new chapters in my life personally. And I guess I feel like I’m in a better place to play golf now.”
The tournament which plays out on three courses on the Monterrey Peninsula had a three-hour rain delay on Thursday, and many of the players did not get their rounds in before darkness settled in. Gmac started his day at the Spyglass Hill venue, and was able to get around in one under par. He is seven strokes off the pace.
It was a pretty mediocre round that featured two bogeys, and three birdies. Spyglass Hill is more difficult than The Monterrey Peninsula Golf Course, but is a little easier than Pebble Beach.
McDowell won three tournaments in 2013, two on the European Tour, and the RBC Heritage. He starts the new season ranked 15th in Official World Golf Rankings(OWGR). He won the Alstom Open de France, and the Volvo World Match Play Championships in Europe.
“It has not been a tough three or four days,” McDowell said. “It’s been a lot of fun and just getting some course time and chucking the rust off the game a little bit and gearing up, really, for the year.”
Source: USA Today Sports
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