Graeme McDowell: Victory at French Open Comes at Perfect Time
Graeme McDowell’s timing couldn’t have been better at the French Open. He fired his lowest round of tournament – a 67 – in the final round to outlast Richard Sterne to pick up a key victory just a few weeks before the British Open. G-Mac is hoping that the momentum from this week’s four shot victory will carry over to Muirfield Village and last through the entirety of the Open Championship.
Much has been made of McDowell’s dismal play over the last several tournaments – he missed five of six cuts heading into the tournament at Le Golf National, which will be the site of the 2018 Ryder Cup. It just goes to show that the best players in the game don’t stay down for too long. You just can’t really predict when they are going to get everything in sync. ”There was no real panic button,” McDowell said. ”It’s been a funny season. Inconsistent, yes. But when it’s been good, it’s been really good.”
If McDowell is able to remain hot there is no doubt that he will be considered one of the favorites heading into the third major championship of the season. He clearly has the talent to contend. He’s also played in conditions similar to those he will face at the British Open for much of his career. Despite wildly inconsistent play this year, this is still McDowell’s third win of the season and his second on the European Tour.
The victory makes McDowell the sixth ranked golfer in the world in the latest rankings. If his timing remains on point there’s a good chance he will be much higher than that after the British Open.