GREENSBORO, N.C. – Graeme McDowell was tired of beating himself up.
As a player who straddles the PGA Tour and European Tour, McDowell has in recent years played mny of the toughest venues against the best fields. That combination often made par a desired score and sent thoughts of ultra-low rounds out the window.
But McDowell shook things up to begin the season, winning at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba, and he chased that with a T-3 finish at the RSM Classic. After a mediocre summer, the Ulsterman has again found a spark at the Wyndham Championship, where he is tied for sixth after a third-round 64.
“I genuinely think there’s a lot to be said for that,” McDowell said. “When I go home to Europe, I’m not playing easy events. I’m playing tough events. When I play out here, I play a limited schedule and I play tough events. I’m not shooting enough 64s for my liking at the minute.
“It does a lot for your confidence when you’re making, what did I make, eight birdies today. That’s what you want to do. It makes you feel good. It makes you stop worrying about the bad stuff and start seeing the good stuff again.”
McDowell entered this week at No. 33 in the FedEx Cup points race, and that position could improve with a strong result at Sedgefield as he chases his first-ever Tour Championship bid – and the Masters berth that comes with it.
One complication for McDowell could arise from the fact that his wife, Kristin, is scheduled for a C-section with the couple’s second child on Aug. 29, the day after The Barclays. With the Deutsche Bank Championship starting the following Friday, McDowell expects to be able to be home in Florida for the birth without missing a start.
“I think with the volatility of the playoffs, anything short of a win tomorrow will probably keep Boston on the schedule,” he said. “Boston, of the three, is probably the best course for me, so I think I’ll go to Boston this year. I skipped it two years ago when I had my first [child], so I think I feel comfortable enough to go to Boston this time.”