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Graeme McDowell hits a tee shot on the 17th hole during the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Getty Images

Graeme McDowell hits a tee shot on the 17th hole during the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Getty Images

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Graeme McDowell hits a tee shot on the 17th hole during the second round of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Getty Images

GRAEME McDOWELL found the Holy Grail at Pebble Beach on Sunday just four days into his 2014 campaign ... a hot putter.

Though he relished playing the first 54 holes of the AT&T National Pro-Am with his dad Kenny, McDowell only hit form on the greens during the final-round 67 which clinched a share of seventh behind winner Jimmy Walker.

"It was a really pleasing way to finish a fun week," said the Portrush man. "Having the chance to be out here and play with my dad was a dream come true and some good golf got in the way too. I came out here just to have a good time and see where my game was at after eight weeks off," he added. "So it was really satisfying to squeeze in a good round at the end."

Like Padraig Harrington, who tied 27th on two-under, and Darren Clarke, fit after three weeks nursing a chest muscle injury, McDowell plays this week's Northern Trust Open at Riviera Country Club in LA.

Walker (35) led by six entering the final round but had to sink a clutch five-footer for par on 18 to avoid a play-off with Dustin Johnson and Jim Renner. It was his third win on the PGA Tour, all of them achieved in eight events since the new 'wraparound' season opened last October.

Irish Independent