Graeme McDowell Seeking First Victory of 2012
Graeme McDowell has had a great deal of success in his professional golf career. He is currently ranked 24th in the official world golf rankings and has won almost $5 million between the PGA Tour and European Tour in 2012 alone. Despite the obvious success he has had, McDowell did not win a single tournament, on either tour, all year. He has only won once on the PGA Tour, but that win was a rather huge one, coming at the 2010 U.S. Open.
Consider he has actually won a major championship, McDowell’s failure to secure a victory in 32 events this year is intriguing. Often times, when someone with as much talent as McDowell fails to win, it is believed to be because they are not mentally tough enough. I can safely say that is not the case with the Northern Irishman.
He isn’t a flashy player, like some of the younger golfers who have recently come to prominence. He’s been a pro since 2002, and has made quite the career for himself, including seven wins on the Euro Tour in addition to his U.S. Open victory.
McDowell is looking to gain his first victory of 2012 in this week’s World Challenge Presented by Northwestern Mutual at Sherwood Country Club in California. He currently holds a two shot lead while playing the back nine of his third round.
I’m more inclined to believe that his inability to win in 2012 was more a case of the opposition excelling than McDowell faltering. It is only a matter of time until he is holding up another trophy. Once he breaks back through to the winner’s circle, it could be the start of a nice run of victories for McDowell.