The 39 year old Portrush man finally earned his first win since 2015 at the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship yesterday.
This victory also earned him a place in history being the fourth consecutive European winner in a row for the first time in PGA Tour ninety year history. He also earned a PGA Tour exemption which lasts until August 2021 but unfortunately for McDowell this doesn’t mean automatic qualification for the Masters or the Open this Summer which is being hosted in his home town.
McDowell was one clear going into the final round after following a 73 with back-to-back 64s, he raced three shots clear early in the round but was trailing playing partner Chris Stroud by one stroke with two holes to go. He took a one-shot lead over Stroud into the final round of the event and birdied four of his first seven holes.
A bogey at the ninth was followed by a string of seven pars before a fantastic birdie at the par-3 17th, where his six-iron off the tee finished up five feet from the flag as Stroud missed the green.
McDowell made his birdie putt as Stroud failed to get up and down and McDowell claimed the title despite a bogey at 18. Even when McDowell dropped a shot at the last, his playing partner also gave one back to leave McDowell as the champion.
McDowell said of his win “This is big, this is big for the people who stood by me the last few years. It has been a rough few years. It has been a grind. My whole family, my wife and kids at home.”
“Standing on 16 green I said to myself, ‘You’ve got to do something that’s tournament-winning,’” McDowell said. “And that shot to 17 was tournament-winning level.
“I’m really happy I got this done.”