Wednesday 21 August 2019

McDowell Masters bid comes up short

Graeme McDowell reacts after missing an eagle putt in the final round of the Valero Open, however, his quest for victory which would have earned him a place at the Masters, came up short. Photo: USA TODAY Sports
Graeme McDowell reacts after missing an eagle putt in the final round of the Valero Open, however, his quest for victory which would have earned him a place at the Masters, came up short. Photo: USA TODAY Sports

William S Callahan

Graeme McDowell produced a valiant effort in his bid to earn the final spot at the US Masters before coming up short at the Valero Open in Texas last night.

McDowell, like several others, needed to win the tournament to book his spot at Augusta but Saturday's round in which he shot a 72 ultimately cost him the chance.

The Portrush man yesterday produced his best round of the week with a 66 despite opening with a bogey five at the first hole.

He responded by narrowly missing an eagle putt on the second before two more birdies by the turn and another four on the back nine left him comfortably inside the top 10 on 12-under par but not close enough to strike for victory.

"When you bogey the first any expectation go out the window and you just go for it," said McDowell. "I've got a big three or four months ahead of me, I'm hoping winning last week is going to be a springboard to bounce forward.

"The relief of (winning) last week took its toll on me a bit more than I thought it would but I've a week off now where I'll watch a bit of the Masters, hit the reset button now and go from there."

Kevin Streelman led in the clubhouse on 14-under after four successive birdies from the 14th to shoot a 64.

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