McDowell looking forward to Kapalua event

Graeme McDowell at the Chevron World Challenge

Graeme McDowell at the Chevron World Challenge

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – You’ve no doubt heard stories over the years about Masters rookies who had turned down invitations to Augusta National, not wanting to go there unless they had qualified for the iconic tournament?

Well, Graeme McDowell had taken that tale and put a twist to it.

He will make his debut as a PGA Tour member Jan. 6 at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Can’t wait, in fact. And just why is that?

“I’ve never been to Hawaii,” said the man from Northern Ireland. “I always promised myself that I’d go to Hawaii for the first time when I won a PGA Tour tournament.”

That first time was a beauty, too, because McDowell won the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach last summer. Throw in a T-6 at the CA Championship and McDowell made enough money to secure PGA Tour membership for the next year, something he is definitely looking forward to.

He said he’d pretty much keep the same schedule – heavy with the majors and World Golf Championships – but add a few like the Northern Trust Open (“I love Riviera, a great course,” McDowell said) and probably the Memorial.

“I take comfort in the schedule I had and that I won’t be changing a lot,” McDowell said. “I don’t see any reason to change it up.”

After saying “Aloha,” of course.

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