McDowell plans return to Pebble Beach for debut
Thursday, January 23, 2014
When Graeme McDowell makes his 2014 debut in a couple weeks at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. It will mark the first time he has competed at Pebble Beach since 2010.
Of course, that was the year that McDowell became the first European in 40 years to win the U.S. Open, holding off the likes of Gregory Havret, Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods for the Northern Irishman's first major title.
"Playing the Pro-Am with my dad, back to Pebble for the first time since 2010, up to Brophy's (Tavern) in Carmel to see my signature on the wall, which I scrawled on there at midnight right after I won the U.S. Open," McDowell said Wednesday at the G-Mac by Kartel booth at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla.
Needless to say, it will be a nice reunion. But why wait four years?
"It doesn't get any better, so what's the point of going back? I'm not going to be able to even get remotely close to what that felt like," McDowell quipped.
McDowell has made one start in this 2013-14 PGA Tour wraparound season, finishing third at the WGC-HSBC Champions in November. He placed sixth at the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge, an unofficial event, in December.
He'll return to Pebble Beach looking for his first victory since last season's RBC Heritage, and, of course, his second at Pebble in as many tries.
His last victory at Pebble prompted a trip to Brophy's, where McDowell and friends sipped a few into the wee hours. It was a celebration to remember, "or so they tell me," McDowell said.
"I think when I got behind the bar and started spraying people down with Sprite out of the gun, that was about my cue to leave."