McDowell can enjoy more glory after ending three year famine

Sam Torrance
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GRAEME McDowell is a great maneuverer of the ball and he handled difficult conditions fantastically to win at the RBC Heritage in South Carolina.

Being brought up by the sea in Portrush, Northern Ireland he will have developed his game against heavy winds, so would have felt right at home on Sunday.

The conditions were similar when he won the US Open at Pebble Beach in 2010.

McDowell had not won an event on the PGA Tour for three years and perhaps he was weighed down by the joy of winning that Major in the same year.

Some players win and then coast along. I’m not sure that’s true of Graeme though. He loves pressure, it has just not happened for him, but I think there is lots more to come from him now.

I can definitely see him winning another Major. He moved up to No8 in the world, a ranking you would expect a player of his stature to occupy, and we now have four British players riding high with Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Luke Donald ahead of McDowell.

British golf is certainly enjoying a golden spell, but Scotland’s Marc Warren bogeyed four of the last five holes and blew his chance of winning the Open de Espana on Sunday.

Warren’s score opened up a three-way play-off between Raphael Jacquelin, Felipe Aguilar and Maximillan Kieffer who would have been surprised to have been in that position, but it goes to show you can never give up in golf.

Jacquelin, from France, eventually triumphed after nine holes. It was an extraordinary win at an extraordinary event. It’s not over until it’s over, just ask Jean van de Velde.