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Top 30 Golfers for the 2016 Majors: No. 30 Graeme McDowell

Graeme McDowell

Graeme McDowell

They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2016 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Leading up to The Masters, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 30 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the Golf Channel’s Gary Williams.

No. 30: Graeme McDowell

Born: July 30, 1979, Portrush, County Antrium, Northern Ireland | Career PGA Tour Wins: 3 (10 on European Tour) | 2015 Wins (Worldwide): 1 | 2015 Earnings (PGA Tour): $686,438 (134th) | World Ranking: 55

Gary Williams' Take
McDowell openly admitted more than halfway through the 2015 season that motivation was a problem created by the very good things in his life. A happy marriage with a new baby daughter made it hard to leave the house, and McDowell found himself out of the FedExCup playoffs and staring at a final year of exempt status on the PGA Tour in 2016. Well, being the fighter that he is, McDowell dug it out of the dirt late in 2015 to win the OHL Classic and also record a third-place finish at the RSM Classic at Sea Island. McDowell’s 2016 now looks a whole lot different with a schedule that he can set up anyway he chooses. He also has restored his belief system and launched himself right back into the European Ryder Cup discussion. Nobody loves the fight as much as Graeme does, and not being a part of it in 2015 was not fun. But he knew the reasons, identified them and got right back in the ring. Expect him to land a few punches in 2016.

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Major Championship Résumé

Starts: 41
Wins: 1
2015 Performance:
Masters - T52
U.S. Open - Cut
British Open - T49
PGA Championship - Cut
Best Career Finishes: 
Masters - T12 (2012)
U.S. Open - 1 (2010)
British Open - T5 (2012)
PGA Championship - T10 (2009)
Top-10 Finishes: 5
Top-25 Finishes: 15
Missed Cuts: 15

— Gary Williams is a co-host of Morning Drive on the Golf Channel. Be sure to follow him @garywilliamsGC on Twitter. 

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