Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Kenny McDowell hails son Graeme for taming Tiger

Kenny McDowell with his son Graeme

Graeme McDowell’s father is, naturally, one of the golfer’s biggest fans and on Sunday night he was given one more special reason to be proud of his son.

Everyone is lining up to pat McDowell firmly on the back and his dad Kenny is always happy to join the celebrations.

McDowell conquered Tiger Woods in the Chevron World Challenge as the American let a four-shot lead slip.

It was the first time Woods had let such an advantage count for nothing but McDowell continues to conjure up magic, shooting up to a career-high seventh in the world.

“To win against Tiger Woods was just great, ok in the past year Tiger has not played so well — but Graeme was absolutely up for it,” said Kenny. “He matched Tiger Woods shot for shot and Tiger was at his best yesterday. As the saying goes one shot is all you need as long as you are in front.”

Kenny and his wife Marion followed the drama on television as the US Open champion sunk a 20-foot birdie putt to seal a fourth title of the season.

“The rest of the family were on the phone during the night, we are all really pleased it was absolutely amazing,” added Kenny.

Not for the first time, they were raising their glasses to a special achievement at Rathmore Golf Club where McDowell honed his skills. Some members even placed a bet on the 31-year-old to triumph in the world challenge.

“I was over at Rathmore Golf Club and there were about 30 in there watching re-runs of Graeme's win on television,” said Kenny.

“They would have got 16-1 on Graeme winning at the start of the week and three or four of the boys put £10 on each way, so they are quite pleased.”

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