If you ask the man himself he’ll tell you that 2010 was the greatest year of his career and that 2011 may struggle to live up to expectations.
Except his performance in last week’s Hyundai Tournament of Champions suggests that Graeme McDowell isn’t satisfied with settling for 2010 and that 2011 will be a bigger and better year for the Ulsterman.
McDowell missed out on winning the 2010 Race to Dubai by just €300,000 to USPGA Open champion Martin Kaymer, but the four-time winner in 2010 is as big as 16/1 to take the title this year.
A crazy price if you consider that Francesco Molinari (16/1) has the same Race to Dubai odds, and his fellow countryman and good friend Rory McIlroy, with just one European Tour career win compared to McDowell’s eight, is 4/1.
The Northern Irishman continues to be underestimated in the betting markets despite his continued strong form and punters should take advantage of this while they still can.
McDowell equalled the course record for the Plantation Course in Kapalua, Mawi with an 11-under 62 in the final round of the Tournament of Champions which saw him miss out on a play-off by one stroke.
A third place finish in your first tournament of 2011 isn’t a bad way to start your season and McDowell has now finished 3, T2, 1, 13, 5 and 3 in his last six tournaments which has seen him move up to fifth in the world rankings.
He will enter the Masters at Augusta in April a 25/1 shot to win in the Masters betting and there are only four ahead of him in the betting – Tiger Woods (3/1), Phil Mickelson (8/1), Lee Westwood (14/1) and Dustin Johnson (20/1).
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