Graeme McDowell, G-Mac, becomes Big
“You know, I’d be lying if I hadn’t thought
Mac. A 68 takes him to 3-under par to hold the
36-hole lead. Champion of Wales two weeks
ago. Champion of America on Sunday?
about picking up the trophy on Sunday after-
noon,” he says. “But there’s a hell of a lot of
work to do. You’ve got to keep your head on.
I’m probably as ready to go into the weekend of
a major as I’ve ever been. Is this weekend my
weekend? I have no idea, but if I get a sniff, I’ll
be ready for it.”
What would it mean to him to join the illus-
trious list of winners at this venue? “I couldn’t
even name one, apart from Tiger Woods, obvi-
ously, in 2000,” McDowell admits honestly. “I’m
not a massive golf historian. I’d be lying if I said
I was.” Oh well, nobody’s perfect.
“Is this weekend my weekend? I have no idea,
but if I get a sniff, I’ll be ready for it.”
– Graeme McDowell, 36-hole leader
Tiger Woods is back.
The thousands that give him a standing ova-
tion at 18 bear witness to Woods’ golfing reha-
bilitation. While his private life remains in tat-
ters, his genius with ball and stick is once again
all golf fans are talking about. The snickering
has stopped; the roars have returned. His birdie
at 18 goes straight into his Hall of Fame locker.
It will be replayed forever: 3-wood, 260 yards,
cut around the tree in the middle of the fairway,
over the Pacific Ocean, to 20 feet, missed eagle,
tap-in birdie, bedlam in the bleachers. The
noise rivals any soccer World Cup stadium full
of vuvuzelas. OK, maybe not.
As Woods strolls up to the green, he takes
off his cap and waves to “His People.” Re-
demption. It feels like the walk of the cham-
pion on Sunday. Whoa! Steady on. “There’s a
long way to go and work still to do,” Woods
says, talking about his return to form being “a
In a back nine of 31 and a 5-under-par 66,
the roof is back on his house – on the golf
course at least. And his name is once again writ
large on a major championship leaderboard.
Feel the fear.