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G-Mac chips in €153k to heart ward

LEGENDARY golfer Graeme McDowell took some time out of his hectic schedule ahead of the Irish Open this week to visit Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin.

Graeme (33) made a generous €153,000 donation to the Cardiac Ward and spent the afternoon chatting with children, their parents and doctors.

'G-Mac' talked to keen fan Tiarnan Fogarty from Wexford in the ward and also listened to the hospital's directors explaining their future plans and took a look at several blueprints.

His G-Mac Foundation is a supporter of the rebuild campaign for the Cardiac Unit, which treats patients from all over Ireland.



The program aims to transform the current cramped rooms into state-of-the-art wards for children and their parents while staying at the hospital.

The golfer says he hopes to win this weekend's Irish Open.

"The Irish Open is on my golfing bucket list," he said earlier this week.

"I'd love to add it to my CV. To win your national open is a very special win in a player's heart, even though Rory jokes that's I've already won my national open at the US Open."

McDowell hasn't had the best luck on the course recently as he missed the cut at the BMW PGA in Wentworth and failed to survive into the closing days of the US Open.

He is also busy planning his wedding to long-term American partner Kristin Stape.

McDowell met Kristin when he contacted her interior designer business to decorate his Orlando home. They are set to marry at the end of 2013.