G-Mac looks to turn Masters tide with new game plan


PALM HARBOR, Fla. – For one of the game’s most consistent putters it’s never made sense to Graeme McDowell that his resume at the Masters is less than stellar.

In eight trips down Magnolia Lane the Northern Irishman has missed five cuts and his best finish was a tie for 12th place in 2012, which is why McDowell has a different plan for next month’s Masters.

“I feel like I go to Augusta and I spend my time obsessing about the tee-to-green element and then I feel like I talk to you guys on Friday afternoon after a missed cut,” McDowell said on Wednesday at the Valspar Championship. “Probably knowing I'm a great putter and not putting well at Augusta frustrates me.”

It’s why McDowell, who already has a victory this season (OHL Classic at Mayakoba) and three top-5 finishes, has a different mindset for this year’s Masters.

“I'm going to obsess about the greens more,” he said. “Putt it good and drive it more. I love Augusta. It just doesn't like me yet but there is time.”