Saturday 25 February 2017

McDowell left to count the cost of final hole slip-up

Graeme McDowell. Photo: AP
Graeme McDowell. Photo: AP

A frustrating three-putt at the final hole cost Graeme McDowell (left) close to €130,000 yesterday and undermined the US Open champion's brave late bid to catch Martin Kaymer in the Race to Dubai.

That closing par-five and a final-round 70 at the Serapong Course on Sentosa Island denied McDowell a share of second place with Anders Hansen, as the rain-affected Barclays Singapore Open came to a conclusion.

McDowell, playing in his 200th European Tour event, had to settle for a tie for third (worth €240,907) with Sweden's Richard Karlberg, as Australia's Adam Scott (30) romped to a three-stroke victory on 17-under and his third Singapore title in five years.

Consolation still awaited the Ulsterman at the day's end as he leapfrogged his close friend and warm rival Rory McIlroy into ninth place in the world rankings. The Holywood youngster now lies 10th.

Scott's seventh European Tour win and his second worldwide in 2010 (he also prevailed at the Texas Open) propelled him to No 20 in the world charts, knocking Padraig Harrington, who missed the cut in Singapore, back one spot to 21st.

McDowell is €367,600 adrift of Kaymer as he heads for this week's UBS Hong Kong Open, the penultimate event in the Race to Dubai, where the first prize is just over €300,000. Kaymer, tied 10th in Singapore, skips Hong Kong and will rest before next week's final showdown at the Dubai World Championship.

Shane Lowry is 62nd on the European money list after a final-round 73 left him tied 64th with Gareth Maybin (71) on three-over. The Clara star needs a top-15 finish in Hong Kong to make the elite top 60 and swell the Irish contingent in Dubai next week to eight.

Irish Independent

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