‘It’s been a rough few years:’ Graeme McDowell wins first title since 2015 in Dominican Republic


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  • The former US Open champion ended a shot away
  • The tournament win gives McDowell a two-year exemption for the PGA Tour Phil Casey, Press Correspondent Press Association

    McDowell recorded five birdies and two bogeys in a closing 69 to finish 18 among pairs, a shot for Canada ] & # 39; s Mackenzie Hughes and American Chris Stroud, who is one two-hole shot had to play.

    Although Stroud bogeyed the par-three 17th, play partner McDowell hit a beautiful tee-shot to six feet and changed the birdie-putt before both players bogeyed the 18th.

    Victory gives McDowell to two

Graeme McDowell won the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship on Sunday-year exemption on the PGA Tour and will lift the former US Open champion of 257th in the world to the top 150.

& # 39; It has been a rough few years, & # 39; said the 39-year-old. & # 39; It was a rut. On 16 green I said to myself: & # 39; You must do something that is a tournament winner & # 39 ;. McDowell started the day with a one-shot lead and rose three clear rounds thanks to three birdies in the first four holes, but Stroud birdied four holes in a row from the fourth and also picked up shots on the 14th and 15th to take the lead before bothering them have expensive finishes.

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McDowell mapped five birds and two bogeys in a fence 69 to 18 under par

Paul Dunne of Ireland finished 12th after the last round of 71.

When he talked about the crucial bird on the 17th, McDowell added: & # 39; my long ago

& # 39; It's a shot that I've been to it the past few days assortment worked and it was a perfect six-iron, it was a perfect number for me and when he came off the bat, I knew it was pretty good.

Stroud was generous in defeat and added: & To be honest, Graeme deserved it. I have made great photos & 17 and 17 is a perfect example.

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I have made many good photos today. and not rewarded. He was rewarded there.

& I hit the ball very badly today and I really did a very good job of making great pars, making some birdies when I got the chance. just hit it badly, and have a chance to win by making me feel bad. Even when I came down the last two holes, I hit a pretty bad chip on 17 after I hit a terrible six iron. & # 39;