Other sub-60 rounds in 2010
• July 28: Wyatt, 17, shoots 57 at Alabama Junior
• July 21: Trevor Murphy shoots 56 in Nationwide pro-am
AKRON, Ohio – On one hand, Graeme McDowell says he hasn’t felt like himself on a golf course since he won the U.S. Open. “A little bit too much partying,” said the man from Northern Ireland.
On the other hand, add him to the list of 59 shooters. After being asked about the two recent 59s on the PGA Tour and some other sub-60 scores this year, McDowell mentioned he shot 59 a “couple of weeks ago” at one of his home courses. He did so on the Valley Links at Royal Portrush, a 6,304-yard layout designed by Harry Colt.
He lipped out a putt for 58 on the last hole.
He also has lipped a few champagne glasses of late. But he said he’s prepared to put the victory party behind him.
“I’m going through the process of readjustment,” he said. “Now I feel fresh and ready to play golf again.”
That wasn’t the case at the British Open at St. Andrews. He said he found all the post-U.S. Open attention “overwhelming.” He said he was bombarded with interview requests, emails, calls and texts. He found the process “much more physically and mentally tiring” than he had figured.
And so he said he played the British Open first round feeling “weird emotions. … I wsn’t as focused as I should have been. I guress the enormity of it all was still hitting me. It’s been strange. But these are good problems to have. I don’t want to give the U.S. Open trophy back.”