McDowell wins OHL Classic in Monday playoff


Graeme McDowell won his first PGA Tour event in over two years by defeating Russell Knox and Jason Bohn in a playoff at El Camaleon Mayakoba Golf Club. Here’s how the Monday conclusion to the weather-plagued OHL Classic at Mayakoba played out:

Leaderboard: McDowell (-18)*, Knox (-18), Bohn (-18), Derek Fathauer (-16), Harold Varner III (14), Scott Brown (-14)

What it means: McDowell hadn’t won on Tour since the 2013 Heritage and was coming off a season in which he didn’t qualify for the FedEx Cup Playoffs. With his exemption running out at the end of this season, McDowell now has a few more years of comfort. He also has a tee time at Augusta National in April.

Round of the day: McDowell, who started on the 14th hole, began the day tied for the lead with Knox. But, in mixture of rain, sunshine and severe wind, he made four pars and a bogey during the end-of-regulation sprint. He looked destined for a near-miss, but was given a reprieve (more on that below). In the extra session, McDowell was the lone man to make birdie. He played six holes in even par – not spectacular, but good enough for the win.

Biggest disappointment: Knox led by one on the 72nd hole, only to pull his tee shot into a fairway bunker. With a lip impeding his approach, he had to lay up short of the green and was unable to get up and down. Looking to become the first player since Camilo Villegas in 2008 to win his first two PGA Tour events in back-to-back starts, Knox was unable to close the door.

Biggest disappointment, II: Bohn. Not because he didn’t win, but because he now has three top-three finishes in his last four starts … and because they have come during the fall portion of the schedule, he hasn’t earned a single Ryder Cup point. Thanks for nothing, Phil Mickelson and fellow task force members.

Shot of the day: McDowell’s 5-iron approach shot in the playoff. McDowell yelled, “Get tight! Get tight!” as his ball bounced and rolled two feet past the hole. The tap-in gave him the title. Check out the shot below:

Quote of the day: “You go through a year like this, you think, ‘Am I finished? Am I not good enough.’ You ask yourself all the questions … I've been dreaming of this day.” - McDowell