Graeme McDowell channels Ricky Bobby: Win or missed cut
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Graeme McDowell channels Ricky Bobby: Win or missed cut

As Ricky Bobby says in "Talladega Nights": "If you ain't first, you're last."

Graeme McDowell seems to have taken that message quite literally in his last eight worldan wide starts.

McDowell won the Alstom Open de France (French Open) on Sunday by four shots for his third worldwide win of the year. Only Tiger Woods and G-Mac can claim that many wins in 2013.

All three of those wins have come in his last eight starts, beginning with a win at the RBC Heritage after the Masters. It was his first official PGA Tour title since winning the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.

Then a month later, McDowell won again -- this time, taking the European Tour's Volvo World Match Play Championship. Add in the win at Le Golf National, site of the 2018 Ryder Cup, and G-Mac has a trifecta on the season.

In between those three wins? All the same result: missed cut. The Ulsterman didn't cash in any of the other five tournaments he has played since that win at Harbour Town.

Here's a rundown of results:

  • Masters: MC
  • RBC Heritage: Win
  • The Players Championship: MC
  • Volvo World Match Play Championship: Win
  • BMW PGA Championship: MC
  • U.S. Open: MC
  • Irish Open: MC
  • French Open: Win

As McDowell put it on Twitter, his binary results are: 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1. And, as we all know, that translates to the number 81. So, another missed cut?

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