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Thursday, October 28, 2021

Graeme McDowell – ‘It’s been special’

Finishing +4 par after round 4 today (Sunday), Graeme McDowell said of this week of golf at Royal Portrush that, ‘It’s been special’.

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McDowell who took a double birdie on the final two holes of round 3 on Saturday, in stark contrast round 4 today saw the NI golfer take a set of bogies in the back nine of his game at the 10th, 11th & 12th then again at the 16th and 18th leaving him +4 over par and out of contention for the Open Championship.

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Despite not taking the win, McDowell was positive coming off the 18 about the spectacular week of golf sayig’

“I’ve enjoyed every second. There’s a few seconds I didn’t enjoy, maybe Thursday afternoon.

But it’s been great. Really, really proud. I’m proud of Portrush and proud of Northern Ireland and I’m proud of Ireland. Ireland is pretty proud as we watch Shane Lowry trying to win.

The people have been amazing this week. The golf course has been phenomenal. The R&A have done a phenomenal job here for the players and families and everyone involved, and hopefully the spectators. The golf course has been incredibly well presented. And everyone is telling me this is their favourite Open venue they’ve ever been to up. So many ticks in all the right boxes this week.”

Ahead of Irishman and favourite Shane Lowry completing his final few holes of round 4, McDowell gave his support for the golfer.

:Listen, I’m pulling hard for Shane, I really hope he gets it done. Portrush could be pretty messy later if he does.

He’s an experienced kid. He knows what to do. I literally just told him to go and be him, go play Shane Lowry golf.”

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