Graeme McDowell overhauls Tiger Woods in Chevron World Challenge thriller
Graeme McDowell capped the best year of his life by pulling off the greatest comeback ever against Tiger Woods to win the Chevron World Challenge last night.
No-one has ever hauled back a four-shot lead on Woods in the final round of a tournament — but Ulsterman McDowell became the first man to do just that in a thrilling encounter at Thousand Oaks, California.
A stunned Woods looked to have ended a rollercoaster final round on a high, courtesy of an excellent approach shot to within three feet of the pin on the 18th.
But ‘G-Mac’ then holed a brilliant 20-footer to tie with Woods at 16-under-par and force a play-off.
On the first extra hole, McDowell made another stunning birdie putt from a similar distance — and this time the American superstar could not respond.
The former world number one’s 15-foot birdie effort slid by on the right — and McDowell then had another terrific victory to set alongside his US Open and Ryder Cup triumphs.
“Two amazing putts finally did the business for me today; this year just gets better and better,” said a delighted McDowell, who will be close to a million dollars richer after this latest success.
A gracious Woods said: “I thought I had it in the bag but, when you consider how well Graeme has been playing this year, I honestly wasn’t surprised to see those monster putts of his go in.”
Portrush man McDowell’s compatriot Rory McIlroy finished fourth on 11-under-par in the 18-man invitational tournament, which was hosted by the troubled Woods — who has now gone the entire year without a win.