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McDowell falls down standings after poor finish at Hilton Head

 

Graeme McDowell
Graeme McDowell

By Brian Keogh

Graeme McDowell, the 2013 champion at Harbour Town Golf Links, had an expensive finish at the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head yesterday.

The Portrush star three-putted the 18th from just 12ft for a double-bogey six and signed for a two-over 73 that left him joint 48th on one-over par.

McDowell saw birdies at the third and fifth erased by a double-bogey six at the tough eighth, where he pulled his approach into water. But while the 39-year-old birdied the 10th to get back to one-under for the day, he bogeyed the 11th and 12th and followed a two at the 17th with that six at the last.

McDowell will be hoping for better when he teams up with Henrik Stenson in this week's Zurich Classic of New Orleans, where Shane Lowry will play alongside Padraig Harrington and Seamus Power will be looking for at least of a repeat of last year's share of fifth with David Hearn.

Power was poised for his first individual top-10 finish on the PGA Tour for 13 months when he closed with a four-under 67.

While Lowry battled it out for victory, West Waterford star Power was projected to move up to 139th in the FedExCup standings and within touching distance of the top 125 who keep their cards.

Tied for 20th overnight, five shots off the lead, he turned in two-under by following birdie fours at the second and fifth and a bogey at the ninth. But he then caught fire down the stretch by following birdies at the 13th and 15th with a long bomb from 60ft for another at the 16th.

In the amateur game, Clandeboye's Jessica Ross is tied for 10th behind Slovenia's Pia Babnik in the Helen Holm Scottish Women's Open Championship at Royal Troon.

Ross followed rounds of 72 and 71 on the Portland Course with a level-par 72 on the Old Course to finish on one-under.

Hermitage's Ciara Casey and Grange's Elisa Corcoran closed with 74s to share 30th place on seven-over with Portarlington's Meadhbh Doyle tied 49th on 11-over after a 78.

After opening with rounds of 66 and 69 to lead by four strokes, teenager Babnik (15) completed a wire-to-wire win when she signed off with a six-under 66 for victory by seven strokes on 15-under from France's Charlotte Bunel, who shot 69 yesterday.

"This is the biggest win of my career," Babnik said. "The Junior Solheim Cup is my big aim this year, and this is a big help."

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