Bay Hill exit ancient history for GMAC

GRAEME McDowell is taking a week off from competitive action to fine tune his game ahead of The Masters which starts on Thursday April 8.

The break will also give the 30-year-old an opportunity to shake off the memory of his disastrous missed cut at the Bay Hill Invitational.

At four under par for the tournament, McDowell was nicely placed after seven holes of his second round at Bay Hill before the wheels fell off in spectacular style.

He played his last 11 holes in seven over par which included a quadruple bogey eight at the 18th which saw him miss the cut by two shots.

Thankfully, one of Graeme’s greatest strengths is his self-confidence, and he has vowed to put the mistakes behind him as he prepares for The Masters.

“It was obviously very disappointing to miss the cut at Bay Hill,” said Graeme on his website.

“But it was just one of those days. I will block it out, and take the positives forward for the Masters.

“I have been playing very well, but my putter particularly let me down at Bay Hill – I left too many out there.  Still, I was playing well enough to be in the hunt until the 18th on Friday, but that was just one of those holes that you like to forget!

“Generally I am very happy with my game, as I have put a lot of work in the last few months.  It’s on to Augusta now, where I have performed well in the past.  It’s a special venue, special event, and I’m just looking forward to getting out there.”

In an effort to get some feel back into his putting, Graeme has returned to his Lake Nona home in Florida. He will practice there and will also play at nearby Isleworth, the scene of his excellent recent display in the Tavistock Cup.

The greens at Isleworth are fast, and close to the lightning speed normally in place for The Masters. McDowell also intends to play 36 holes at Augusta later in the week before returning to Florida for a few days rest ahead of the big event.

Both Padraig Harrington and Rory McIlroy are also in America this week but they have decided to warm up for The Masters by playing in the Shell Houston Open which starts on Thursday.

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