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Golf Australia Express : November 2012
PLAYERS It’s amazing how easy those moments of introspection come when you’ve got something slightly more palatable to compare the hard times to. "It was a reality check, thinking, ‘This is not me’, thinking ‘Who is this guy?’ I am not a particularly bad-tempered person, but sometimes you don’t know who you are in golf,” he told a British newspaper in 2010. It’s amazing how easy those moments of introspection come when you’ve got something slightly more palatable to compare the hard times to. That one was delivered in the days after he became the first Brit to win the US Open for four decades, when he saluted at Pebble Beach ahead of a top 10 that included Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els and Martin Kaymer. But then, you’d probably be the most relaxed gent getting around, too, if you had a couple of million big ones and a five-year Tour exemption tucked away in your back pocket. So why do we care about this bloke McDowell? Well, for starters, he’s coming here. And if they come, by gosh we care. “I am really looking forward to getting back down to Melbourne and playing on the sandbelt again," McDowell said after announcing he’d be contesting the Australian Masters at Kingston Heath later this month. Again? Clearly we weren’t paying attention in 2005, when he barely drew breath before beating a hasty retreat from our shores after finishing 21st at the Heineken Classic at Royal Melbourne. But now he’s entrenched in the world’s top 20 and is bringing brash fellow Brit, Ian Poulter, with him. McDowell will have our own Adam Scott to contend with, but most pundits will have—at a minimum—penciled McDowell in as one half of the final pairing on Sunday. He’s here for a week, so bail him up and say hi. He’ll probably shout you a beer. OTG
Summer of Golf 2012-13