Graeme McDowell makes the Alstom Open De France his third European Tour Win of the season.
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Graeme carded a closing round -4 under par 67 at Le Golf National to finish at -9 under par, four shots clear of South Africa’s Richard Sterne, who had been only one stroke behind until two late bogeys at the 16th and 17th de-railed him.
Graeme was pleased to restore some pride to his golf after his recent mini slump;
“It’s very special after the last couple of months, It’s been a bit of a battle. It’s been a funny year, my game has not felt far away most weeks but I have missed a lot more cuts than normal and missing cuts hurts.It certainly motivated me a lot the last few weeks. The US Open was a tough one to take and missing the cut in Ireland last week, it made me more hungry to want to be in positions like I was this afternoon. This is such a difficult course here, we may have one of the greatest Ryder Cup venues in European golf history in 2018. Anyone watching this week will get a sense for the match play drama this course is going to provide. I was thinking of the 18th hole all day and it was nice to have that cushion coming in. I got a little lucky coming in. I didn’t hit my best putt on 15 or 16 and they went in. I struggled on the greens all week and didn’t make many putts, but only making four bogeys all week was the key.”
Richard finished on -5 under par, in second place on his own, and was ruing those two late bogeys, he wanted to be able to push Graeme all the way to the finish.
Tied in third place at -4 under par were Eduardo De La Riva and Graeme Storm. Way down the list were the highly rated pair of Ian Poulter, finishing on +2 with Luke Donald on +4. Not a good trip to Europe for these American based players.