FedExCup spotlight: Graeme McDowellHILTON HEAD ISLAND, SC - APRIL 21: Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland during the final round of the RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Golf Links on April 21, 2013 in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)June 10, 2013
By Chris Dunham, PGATOUR.COM
Each week, PGATOUR.COM will take a look at one of the FedExCup contenders in the field and break down his past performances at that week's event, FedExCup history, and potential for success in the 2013 FedExCup chase.
With a win and a tie for second to go along with two other top 20s in his last four U.S. Opens, Graeme McDowell’s name will certainly show up on just about any shortlist for this week’s event.
While Merion is three time zones east of his two best U.S. Open showings, McDowell’s game accuracy and clutch putting play well at any Open venue.
McDowell emerged on the world stage in 2010 with his victory at Pebble Beach. After that win, he elected to become a member of the PGA TOUR. Had he been a member prior to that triumph, he would have secured a Playoff spot with plenty of room to spare. Instead, he didn’t make his first Playoffs until 2011.
McDowell opened that 2011 campaign -- his first full season on TOUR -- with a trio of top-10 finishes. He would fail to finish inside the top 10 again that year as he finished the season at No. 73 in the FedExCup standings.
He followed it up with a 42nd place FedExCup finish in a season that included two runner-up showings and four consecutive top 25s leading into the Playoffs. McDowell tied for second in the U.S. Open at Olympic Club in California to jump start his stretch run.
This season, McDowell again started with back-to-back-to-back top-10 finishes and added his second TOUR victory (RBC Heritage) to come into this week’s event at No. 17 in the latest standings. McDowell has never ranked this high in the FedExCup standings at this point in the season and he’ll have a great opportunity to improve upon his current number this week at Merion.
If he can maintain his current position throughout the Playoffs, McDowell will earn his first trip to East Lake and the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola. There, he would have an opportunity to become the first European winner of the FedExCup.
2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 N/A N/A N/A 200th 73rd 42nd 17th FedExCup highlights • McDowell has played in five Playoff events over the last two seasons with his best finish a tie for 34th at the 2012 BMW Championship.
• McDowell finished the 2012 Regular Season at No. 27 in the standings but fell to 42nd by the end of the Playoffs -- still his career-best mark.
• Had he been a TOUR member before the 2010 U.S. Open, McDowell would have earned 691 points that year and entered the Playoffs in 52nd position.
• McDowell's best career FedExCup standing is a third-place ranking following the 2011 Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
McDowell's U.S. Open results, FedExCup standings Year FedExCup before U.S. Open result Points earned FedExCup after 2007 N/A T30 167*
N/A 2009 N/A T18 51.6
N/A 2010 N/A Won 600*
N/A 2011 72nd T14 59.2 60th 2012 46th T2 270 26th * McDowell was not a TOUR member before his 2010 victory. All points reflect what he would have earned if he were eligible for FedExCup points.