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March 9 2013

12:30 PM

McDowell's scrambling much improved

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

DORAL, Fla. -- Graeme McDowell is the only player without a bogey on his scorecard through the first two rounds at TPC Blue Monster.

The last time he did make one here actually extends back to the 12th hole in the final round of the 2012 tournament, and he has just one bogey in his last 57 holes in this event.

One reason he's avoided bogeys this week: Scrambling.

Last year, McDowell ranked 177th on the PGA TOUR in scrambling, saving par (or better) just 52 percent of the time.

This season, that number is up to 71 percent. And this week McDowell is the only player with a perfect mark, going 9-for-9 from around the greens.

At last week's Honda Classic, McDowell also led the field in scrambling, going 23 for 30. He finished ninth.

The rest of his game hasn't been too shabby, either. McDowell leads the field in fairways hit, is eighth in greens in regulation, fifth in proximity to the hole and seventh in strokes gained-putting.

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