Friday 15 November 2019

'Donut' McDowell misses cut after Homer Simpson moment

Graeme McDowell
Graeme McDowell

Graeme McDowell described himself as "a donut" after a Saturday evening slip-up left him on the wrong side of the 'second cut' at the RBC Canadian Open.

Remarkably, world No 8 McDowell, a three-time winner this season, wasn't fully aware of the US PGA Tour rule which requires another cut to be made on Saturday evening should 78 or more make it into the weekend.

"I knew the Saturday cut rule existed but I thought 78 players was okay," the Portrush man revealed on Twitter, confessing that if he'd known a place in yesterday's final round was at stake it "might have changed the mindset a little".

Asked by a Twitter follower how he could be caught out, McDowell (left) responded: "Cos I'm a donut!"

After opening with a 76, McDowell bounced back brilliantly with a second-round 65 at Glen Abbey, yet kept true to an incredible up-and-down season by slumping to a third-round 76.

"Another strange day at the office," he admitted. "Didn't drive it great and putted awful. Been working so hard on my long game lately putting has suffered."

Brandt Snedeker built no his sensational bogey-free 63 on Saturday to win the Canadian Open by three shots with a two-under par final round of 70.

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