Jan
9
2011
Another G-Mac Attack!
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

As Graeme McDowell was preparing to tee off in the final round of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, his manager Colin Morrissey said with a sly smile, “It’s going to be a good day.” Oh yeah? I replied, G-Mac is going low today? He nodded.

So far, Colin’s prognosis is right on. McDowell is off to a ripping start. He didn’t waste any time, posting a birdie on the first hole. He parred the second and then birdied four straight to get to 17-under. McDowell capped off the first nine with another birdie to shoot 30.

Team G-Mac wants the wind — which is coming an “off-shore” pattern today — to keep blowing. As we know, McDowell loves blustery conditions, whereas others in the field may struggle.

Going into the final round, McDowell started six strokes back of co-leaders Jonathan Byrd, Steve Stricker and Robert Garrigus, so he still has some ground to make up.

Stricker has missed a few short putts, causing him to drop a shot and Garrigus is one-under for the day. Byrd has gained a healthy lead — he’s three-under through 7, 21-under for the tournament. As McDowell goes into the final nine, he is three back.

I’m rushing out for a nice hike and walk some holes (actually, it’s more like a mountain) with the group. Come on wind, blow harder!

(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)