You almost have to believe 2010 US Open Champion, Graeme McDowell is a cat with nine lives in the early going at the Accenture Match Play Championships. He came from three down to beat Gary Woodland in the first round, and once again, in round two, he gave sensational Japanese Rookie, Hideki Matsuyama a three up lead before dispatching him as well.
One thing has always been known about the 34 year-old Northern Irishman from Portrush, and that he is a fierce competitor. Not only in regular metal play, but especially in the match play environment we have at the Ritz Carlton Dove Mountain Resort this week.
It seems he likes to lull competitors to sleep before ambushing them on the last four holes. That precisely what he did to Gary Woodland on Wednesday afternoon. McDowell looked rusty, and out of sorts until the sixteenth hole. Down three, McDowell made four birdies in a row to win on the 19th hole.
He did pretty much the same on Thursday, giving Matsuyama a three up lead in the first six holes before starting the comeback. Three birdies in the final four holes would buy McDowell a trip to round three, and a date with Hunter Mahan.
Hunter Mahan won this event in 2012, and finished runner-up to Matt Kuchar last year, so Graeme McDowell will need his A Game on Friday if he wants to make it to the Sam Snead Division finals against the winner of the Bubba Watson/Victor Dubuisson round three matchup.
If you had to bet your last dollar on someone, Graeme McDowell would be a good place to put it. You will get you money’s worth in a tough little guy that never says quit.
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