The America Golf Writers Association is reportedly honoring Ken Duke & Graeme McDowell at a soon-to-held award ceremony in Augusta.
It’s his perseverance that won Duke the recent esteemed honor while McDowell would be rewarded for his insight and accommodation with media. Rhonda Glenn would be awarded as well for her amazing contributions towards the game.
Ken won the prestigious Ben Hogan acclaim for his gallant consistency in golf in spite of serious physical ailment. The golfer had been suffering from scoliosis since his 7th grade & had a sixteen-inch rod planted on his spine. He toiled hard for a decade in minor leagues prior to making it to PGA Tour. Ten years later the brave golfer won the esteemed Travelers Championship for the first time- he defined the win as “overwhelming” particularly as the award is linked to Ben Hogan.
“An act of true class”, said Ken. “He used the time to learn the ropes of the game”.
The 2010 American Open champ McDowell had once said that the bond with media must get stronger as longer the golfer is on a tour. The Ryder Cup winner backed that up with his statement & won Jim Murray ASAP Sports Award for his accommodation towards media.
“I am very serious with my bond with media”, stated McDowell. “I am really honest to faults- you offer us a global exposure & you are a highly significant cog in entire golf & sports. I really respect the hard work you people put & it is important- good or bad or ugly- to offer you a glimpse of what I am thinking & what’s going with my golf.”
Rhonda Glenn received William Richardson Award given her outstanding and consistent contributions towards the game of golf. She is respected as foremost authority when it comes to women’s golf.
For two consecutive majors, Graeme McDowell will begin the final in the last group following a 67 at the third round lead him to a 7-under par finish, with Adam Scott who is ahead of him by four shots.
McDowell finished at second spot, just a stroke behind leader Webb Simpson, while he sought another U.S. Open title in San Francisco in the previous month, but now intends to follow the footsteps of Darren Clarke, who was the former Open Champion.
McDowell is hoping to win in the next tournament. McDowell believes that Darren is an inspiration and he will think about him during the competition. In fact, when he was still a young boy, he dreamed of joining the last fairway, being with the last group to perform in The Open Championship.
He thinks that being in the last group of the consecutive major championships is special for him.
He said that he cannot expect to win but he will compete and do just the right thing, and also to give himself an opportunity to be included in the lead of three or four going on a Sunday afternoon and be able to play with the leader.
Padraig Harrington said that McDowell is only following his destiny – to do what he was meant to do.
Harrington thinks that if McDowell wins his second major, it will make things go smoothly for him – a second win will allow him to relax and it will be easy for him to manage that position. It is likely that a lot of majors are in store for McDowell, he said
Harrington also said that Rory already won majors while he was young, which is the secret if one intends to win plenty of majors. He proves that he does not need to improve much, staying the same is also a good place to be.
After missing out US Open by a whisker, Graeme McDowell is keen on winning a major title. He is utterly disappointed by the loss. He had a fondness for coastal California this year for which he was in the US Open this year.
The thirty two year old was keen to win this but is pinning hopes on winning a major title soon. He along with Jim Furyk, fared bad where he got off to a poor start in the final round with 3 bogeys with 6 holes.
But he came back well by delivering a birdie and at the seventeenth left. At last a birdie was needed to put the ball in the eighteenth hole play-off with counterpart Webb Simpson. The ball finally could not sink in the twenty four foot hole. He stated that he was practically behind eight ball way too early. He had to fight really hard from thereon. The golf course does not really allow playing well and getting into a rhythm, he added. He said that he was the happy to hang around and make birdies amidst slog.
McDowell is confident that his performance will earn him laurels and put him in the forefront of major golfing tournaments. His spectacular win at Pebble Beach was trailed by the miss-a-wink at the Ryder’s Cup a Celtic Manor in the latter half of the same year.
The attention and expectations that arose from his fame affected his game a lot. He did not win any championships last year and has struggled this year as well. So he is pretty determined to win the championships waiting for him.