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Happy days: Graeme McDowell wins World Challenge

The golfer carded a four-under par 68 in the final round to secure a a three-stroke victory over Keegan Bradley.

Graeme McDowell tees off on the sixth hole during the final round of the World Challenge golf tournament.
Graeme McDowell tees off on the sixth hole during the final round of the World Challenge golf tournament.

NORTHERN IRELAND’S GRAEME McDowell ended a two-year victory drought Sunday with a three-shot triumph in the World Challenge hosted by Tiger Woods.

McDowell, who capped a stellar 2010 season that saw him win the US Open with a victory in this unofficial post-season invitational, hadn’t won anywhere in the world since then.

He carded a four-under par 68 in the final round for a 72-hole total of 17-under 271 and a three-stroke victory over Keegan Bradley.

Bradley, the 2011 PGA Championship winner who started the day two shots off McDowell’s lead, posted a 69 for 274.

After taking the 54-hole lead on Saturday, McDowell admitted that even though this tournament isn’t part of any tour, it would be nice to grab a win to cap a mixed season in which he settled for a tie for second at the US Open, and a tie for fifth at the British Open.

Bo Van Pelt carded a 70 for sole possession of third place on 278, while tournament host Woods carded a one-under 71 on the rain-soaked Sherwood Country Club course for a share of fourth place on 279.

He was joined by Jim Furyk (70) and Rickie Fowler (69).

- © AFP, 2012

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