G-Mac keen to make a major statement

Graeme McDowell is hoping to “make a statement” in his debut in the PGA Grand Slam of Golf in Bermuda.

Graeme McDowell is hoping to “make a statement” this week when he tees off for the first time in the four-man PGA Grand Slam of Golf at Port Royal in Bermuda on Tuesday.

In an event that traditionally features the season’s four major winners, The US Open champion faces Martin Kaymer, Ernie Els and David Toms in the 36-hole event.

Els and Toms are replacements for Masters champion Phil Mickelson and Open winner Louis Oosthuizen, who have pulled out of the event due to injury.

“It will be a great experience,” McDowell said. “There’s an element of fun to it, but I’m also looking to try and make a statement as a major winner.

“Winning a major is what we dream about as professional golfers and it’s a very elite field to be part of this week.

“It’s probably the toughest fourball to get into in the world and to be part of that as the reigning US Open champion is going to be a great experience.

“Missing Phil and Louis is unfortunate. It would have been special to have all four major winners there, but we have worthy replacements in Ernie Els and David Toms.”

Els has won the US Open twice and the Open Championship once while Toms is a former PGA champion.

The elite stroke-play event was launched in Hawaii in 1991 before moving to the Port Royal Golf Club four years ago.