McDowell warming to the task at World Cup

Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell had professed his love for the challenge that Royal Melbourne presents although admits to having had a frustrating start to the tournament, sitting at one-over par at the half-way mark of the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf.

The 2010 U.S. Open champion has plenty of pedigree in playing firm, bouncy conditions as his Open win at Pebble Beach and at a windswept Harbour Town Golf Links at the RBC Heritage earlier this year suggests.

Graeme McDowell Graeme McDowell (Credit: Anthony Powter)

And with a ‘fraction’ of the sting taken out of the green by overnight rain, McDowell took advantage to lift himself back in contention by shooting a flawless four-under par 67 in today’s third round.

“I just controlled my ball flight today which you have to do in these conditions.” he said, visibly relaxed after a far more satisfying day.

“If the shot requires a fade, and you don’t hit that fade, you’re going to be in big trouble and tHats what happened to me on Thursday, Friday really, I wasn’t able to hit my fade very well. I did it well today, hit a lot of quality shots and kept it in play.”

“After dropping fourteen shots the first two days, I didn’t drop any today so I’m very happy with the way I played. I controlled the ball and subsequently, was able to control my emotions which I didn’t do very well the first two days.”

“I’ve got something to aim at tomorrow and I’m looking forward to getting back out there on a Sunday afternoon down here. I’m enjoying the crowds and the golf course – good fun.”