Graeme McDowell channelled all his Ryder Cup grit and tenacity to golf his ball around Royal Greens in level par and win the Saudi International.  Perhaps it was because a pair Americans, in the form of Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson, were chasing him or maybe that the wily old GMac knew from years of experience just how to get the job done even without his 'A' game.

Windy conditions by the sea were always going to suit the in form Rathmore man, and just like at the Corales Puntacana Championship in the Dominican Republic last March, Graeme had all the shots when it mattered.

The win is McDowell's 11th on European Tour triumph. Bogeys on 1, 9 and 13 versus one par beater on 8 left the road looking rocky, but circles on 14 and 15 were key to a deserved win. "I want my kids to see me out there and not pull up YouTube videos instead," said McDowell after.

What's In The Winning Bag GMac

What's In The Bag 2020 GMac GolfCentralDaily

Driver: Srixon Z 785 (9.5 deg) with a Fujikura Ventus Blue 6X shaft.

3-wood: Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero (15 deg) with a Mitsubishi Diamana ZF 70 TX shaft.

5-wood: Titleist TS3 (18 deg) with a Fujikura Tour Spec 8.2 X shaft.

Irons: (3) Srixon Z 585with a Mitsubishi OT Tour 110 X shaft

 (4-9) Srixon Z745 with Project X 6.5 shafts.

Wedges: Cleveland RTX 2.0 Custom (46, 52 deg) with with Project X 6.5 shafts, Cleveland RTX 4 (58 degrees) with a Nippon WV 115 shaft.

Putter: Odyssey White Hot #7

Ball: Srixon Z-Star XV


Stats: How He Did It

GMac hit 39 fairways for the week with his Srixon Z785 driver, T9 in the driving accuracy stats, and he averaged a healthy 301.5 yards.  He also finished T9 in the Greens in Regulation numbers with 55 greens hit using his Srixon Z745 irons.  The Portrush man's trusty  Odyssey White Hot #7 came up trumps time and again when it counted with 1.7 average putts per green Sunday in a total of 116 and a T13 ranking. McDowell finished first in Strokes Gained: Total with +3.45 and for the week circled 19 birdies versus 5 bogey and one double.  With the win MacDowell now jumps 57 places from 104th to 47th in the latest world rankings and secures a return to the Masters for the first time since 2016.

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