MIAMI – Former US Open champion Graeme McDowell ended a near four-year title drought with a one-stroke victory on Sunday in the US PGA Tour's Puntacana Resort Championship.
The 39-year-old from Northern Ireland, who arrived in the Dominican Republic ranked 257th in the world, took a big step toward his stated goal playing his way into the British Open at Royal Portrush.
He fired a three-under par final round of 69 for a 19-under total of 270 and a one-stroke win over American Chris Stroud and Canadian Mackenzie Hughes.
Stroud also closed with a 69 while Hughes climbed the leaderboard with a six-under 66.
“This is big,” an emotional McDowell said. “This is big for the people who stood by me the last few years. It has been a rough few years. It has been a grind. My whole family, my wife and kids at home.”