McDowell On Target At Harbour Town

Graeme McDowell got everything he needed Sunday at the RBC Heritage. Starting the final round four strokes behind leader Charley Hoffman, McDowell awoke to a gusty day with winds blowing steadily over 20 mph, often higher. Standing on the Harbour Town practice range Sunday morning, McDowell set 9-under par as his target score, figuring the conditions might play to his advantage. Finally, after a bogey on the 72nd hole that allowed Webb Simpson to get into a sudden-death playoff, McDowell got a second chance on Harbour Town’s famous par-4 finishing hole, where he made a par to win his first official PGA Tour event since his 2010 U.S. Open victory. “The weather was just what the doctor ordered for me,” said McDowell, who grew up playing in the wind in Portrush, Northern Ireland. “I needed an opportunity to get close to the leaders and I needed the course to play difficult.” It came together beautifully for McDowell, who missed the cut by one stroke at The Masters but managed to find a silver lining in that.


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