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It would be polite to describe 2015 as a down
year for Graeme McDowell. The likable Irishman,
who starred at UAB for three years, had fallen to
No. 85 in the O cial World Golf Rankings and was
beginning to wonder if he would win again.
He set that straight on Monday with a playo
win over Russell Knox and Jason Bohn in the rain-
delayed OHL Classic at Mayakoba in Playa del Car-
This native of Portrush, Northern Ireland now
has three PGA Tour wins, with the highlight his 2010
U.S. Open triumph at iconic Pebble Beach, plus 10
European Tour victories.
For years he has resided in the top 20 in the
world, but slipped this year, a year when he has
admitted he took his eye o the ball. More on that
He was a superstar at UAB, earning the Haskins
Award in 2002 as the national college Player of
A truly down-to-earth person, he has never
forgotten where he came from. He lives in Orlando,
Fla., and has done so for a number of years, but still
looks upon Birmingham with great fondness.
He attended UAB for three years, winning a
school-record nine times and racking up 24 top tens.
And he now supports and lends his name to the
Shoal Creek Invitational hosted by Graeme McDow-
ell, which was won
by his alma mater
Mexico instead of
the Race to Dubai
on the European
Tour proved to be a
And this proven
closer, in events and
Ryder Cups, hit a gem of a 5-iron to within three feet
to seal the deal on the rst playo hole.
"I hit as good of a 5-iron as I could hit," McDowell
He moved into contention after a second round
63 took him to 12-under-par as he sat atop the lead-
erboard. He then closed with a 5-under 66 to nish
at 18-under-par 266, but it looked as if it would only
be good enough for second place as Knox had a
one-shot lead going to the 18th hole at El Camaleon
However, Knox made a closing bogey to drop
into a tie with McDowell and Bohn, which McDowell
nished in a hurry on the tough 18th hole.
"You go through a year like this, you think, `Am
Graeme McDowell captures the PGA Tour's
OHL Classic at Mayakoba
OHL Classic at Mayakoba winner and
former UAB Blazer Graeme McDowell.