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Golf Australia Express : November 2012
PLAYERS THERE’S A VIDEO HIDDEN deep in the guts of YouTube that tells you plenty about who Graeme McDowell is. It’s not some polished PGA Tour promo, nor is it a cliché-laden public relations puff piece that’s about as memorable as a Nick O’Hern par. No, it’s a shaky, low-grade recording from a golf fan’s mobile phone, snapped during the pro-am at this year’s Irish Open. It features the Northern Irishman and 2010 US Open champion as he’s being interviewed for TV coverage in front of a large gallery at the 17th hole. Next to him stands one of the greats. Not a PGA Tour rival or a star of yesteryear, but a man universally considered to be among the most accomplished comics of all time— renowned golf tragic Bill Murray. The host peppers one member of the odd couple with questions about what he’s learnt about the other during their four hours on course. The bloke in question is quick on the draw with a crack or three and the crowd responds in kind. We’ll give you a clue as to the funny man’s identity. It ain’t the bloke out of Ghostbusters. THERE’S NO QUESTION McDowell could hardly be more chilled out. If the 33-year-old was any more relaxed, he’d fall asleep mid- sentence as he charms the pants off you with that quasi-American drawl, cultivated no doubt during his college years in Alabama and his recent Tour career. Watch him for 10 minutes away from the course and you feel like you’ve known him a lifetime. You probably have, or at the very least someone scarily like him. By all reports he’s the mate buying the first round at the pub, the self- effacing lark chasing his next gag or the canny businessman who knows how to push our buttons just right. As these words were being put down, the one they call “G-Mac” was asking his 400,000 Twitter followers for certainties by which to capture some coin in the English Premier League and the NFL. Hit his website’s home page and the first thing you’ll see is his latest “G-Cam” video in which he straps a camera to his head and films parts of his practice rounds, the latest of which includes one of what was almost certainly hundreds of Rory McIlroy wind-ups. But all of that chummy goodwill would count for naught if the Portrush native couldn’t swing a stick. If the 33-year-old was any more relaxed, he’d fall asleep mid-sentence as he charms the pants off you with that quasi- American drawl. McDowell was thrust into the spotlight after his 2010 US Open win. The major victory at Pebble also gave the Northern Irishman some perspective on smashing rocks on course: "This is not me. Who is this guy?"
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