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McDowell Back in Winner’s Circle With OHL Classic Victory

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After asking himself “all the questions,” Graeme McDowell answered a big one Monday morning with a birdie on the first playoff hole to win the OHL Classic at Mayakoba in a playoff against Russell Knox and Jason Bohn.

After a dismal 2014-15 season, McDowell found himself at a career crossroads as he adjusted to life with a 1-year old and his own questions about whether he was willing to do what was required to regain the form that made him a fixture on the world stage for several years.

When Knox bogeyed the 72nd hole to allow McDowell and Bohn to slip into the playoff, McDowell ended any suspense when he ripped a 5-iron second shot to within 2 feet of the hole for the winning birdie.

“It really gives me something to hang on to,” said McDowell, whose last Tour victory came at the 2013 RBC Heritage.

“It’s been a tough year. You think am I finished? You ask yourself all the questions. I’ve been dreaming of this day and I said to myself I’m going to appreciate it when it came. This is special.”

The victory is just the third of McDowell’s PGA Tour career, which includes the 2010 U.S. Open championship. After finishing outside the top 125 money winners and in 160th place in the FedEx Cup race last season, McDowell’s victory earned him an exemption through 2017 and a spot in the 2016 Masters.


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