When he won the US Open this year at Pebble Beach McDowell confirmed his elevation to the highest level of the game as an individual golfer. But before then he had already proved himself a magnificent team player. He first did so when winning the Palmer Cup in 2000 (a US v Europe college match) and was then also victorious in the 2001 Walker Cup. As a professional he has won the Royal Trophy (for Europe against Asia) and the Seve Trophy twice. In the latter he teamed up with Rory McIlroy in 2009 and won three of four matches, adding a singles win in a stellar performance that Colin Montgomerie raved about. A few months later the pair finished second in the World Cup representing Ireland. Given this success, it is curious that his record in the WGC World Matchplay is very poor (just one win in five matches) but, as his Seve Trophy team-mate Chris Wood said: “Graeme is a great team player. He pumps everyone up, supports the team and you can tell by looking in his eyes that he’s desperate to win.” He certainly proved that on Ryder Cup debut in 2008, claiming 2.5 points in four matches.
|8th Aug||Bridgestone Invitational||22|
|1st Aug||Irish Open||31|
|18th Jul||British Open||23|
|19th Sep||Austrian Open||3|
|15th Aug||PGA Championship||MC|
New Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald motivated by ‘bitter’ memories of 2021 defeat
Stenson was stripped of the role for breaking his contract by joining the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series.
The task facing Luke Donald after replacing Henrik Stenson
Stenson was appointed on March 15 and said he was fully committed to a role before signing with the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series.
Tony Finau claims second straight PGA Tour victory
The American won the 3M Open in his previous outing.
Henrik Stenson cushions Ryder Cup blow with £3.6m debut win in LIV Golf
The Swede was stripped of his role as Europe captain after joining the Saudi-backed breakaway tour.
Former Masters champion Bubba Watson becomes latest player to join LIV Golf
The left-hander is currently sidelined by a knee injury and is not expected to play until next season,
Luke Donald tipped to replace Henrik Stenson as Europe’s Ryder Cup captain
The Swede lost the job 127 days after his appointment following his decision to join the LIV Golf series.
Max Homa: Tiger Woods now understands the respect he commands from his peers
Homa has made no secret of his admiration for Woods.
Bernard Gallacher fears Greg Norman is not the man for compromise with LIV Golf
Players who have resigned from the PGA Tour to join LIV Golf will not be eligible for next year’s Ryder Cup.
Brooke Henderson takes two-shot lead into final round of Evian Championship
South Korea’s Ryu So-yeon climbed into outright second place on 15 under.