CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. – Graeme McDowell arrives for the BMW Championship off some sleepless nights.
No, he hasn’t been fretting about trying to make it to the Tour Championship for the first time in his career. He has been busy helping his wife with the couple’s newborn daughter.
“I think most parents in the room can imagine what I’ve been up to,” McDowell said. “Not sleeping much, changing a lot of nappies.”
McDowell took off last week at the Deutsche Bank Championship to be with his wife, Kristin, for the birth of Vale Esme. She was born on Aug. 25.
“The week couldn’t have been more perfect from a physical and health point of view,” McDowell said. “Certainly, emotionally, it was a pretty amazing week. It’s still kind of all sinking in, and it’s very, very special times.”
This is McDowell’s fourth FedEx Cup run since joining the PGA Tour. He probably needs a top-5 finish to assure advancing to the Tour Championship for the first time.
“My previous three FedEx Cup playoffs have been fairly disappointing, shall we say,” McDowell said. “I felt like mentally and physically, I wasn’t up for them.
“I still struggle with this sort of switch off that I have after the last major championship of the year. I feel like that run from the U.S. Open through to the PGA Championship takes a lot out of me, both physically and mentally, from a schedule point of view, from a building up point of view. It's the real core of the season. When I come out the other end of it, I have a tough time packing my bag to go to New Jersey. I have the last four years running now. Obviously, this is a unique setup for me this year, not playing Boston for the right reasons, being at home last week.”
McDowell is 53rd in FedEx Cup points. He needs to crack the top 30 to make it to the Tour Championship at East Lake in Atlanta. His best FedEx Cup finish is 42nd.
“It's left kind of a sour taste the last few years for me, simply because I haven't played well,” McDowell said. “I would love to get to the Tour Championship and give myself a chance to win what is the biggest prize in golf. It’s a very, very special event, from my point of view, and like I say, just haven't managed to get my head around it all. But I will, eventually, hopefully this week.”