Does made cut make G-Mac weekend favorite?


GULLANE, Scotland – Graeme McDowell summed up his peculiar position perfectly.

“Not like me to make a cut,” he said after a second-round 71 that left him at 4 over par at the British Open, good enough to advance to the weekend. “Get your money on me now. I only win when I make cuts, apparently.”

That’s right, McDowell usually either wins or fails to advance to the weekend, there is no middle ground. In his last eight events he has three victories and five missed cuts.

McDowell’s wins came at the RBC Heritage, Volvo World Match Play at the French Open. Missed cuts were at the Masters, The Players, BMW PGA Championship, U.S. Open and The Irish Open.

Now that he’s safely into the weekend at Muirfield, a place he’s never played for the Open until this week, he plans on making the best of the stroll. McDowell knows conditions will be difficult and figures that if he can play the remaining 36 holes in 4 under, he’d be at even for the championship and have a chance to win.

“Literally anything a little under par could win at this point,” McDowell said. “It will be interesting to see what happens this weekend, but I don’t expect the scoring to be much better.”