Saturday 18 November 2017

Still friends - McIlroy and McDowell embrace after stunning performances

Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy celebrate on the 17th hole during the singles matches of the 2014 Ryder Cup
Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy celebrate on the 17th hole during the singles matches of the 2014 Ryder Cup
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

Irish golfers Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell appeared far removed from the warring friends suggested by some as they warmly embraced following their respective Ryder Cup victories today.

McIlroy cemented his place at the top of the world rankings with a sensational performance against Rickie Fowler, who failed to claim a point all tournament. The American lost 5&4 to McIlroy after he hit six birdies to claim the first point of the day.

That was quickly followed by McDowell's impressive comeback against Jordan Spieth. Four down at one stage, he took a 2&1 victory which included five birdies on the back nine.

The European team-mates were quick to embrace at the 17th hole one McDowell claimed victory and set Paul McGinley's team up nicely to retain their crown.

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