Northern Irish golfer Graeme McDowell joined some of his fellow players based in the United States of America such as defending champion Ian Poulter and Justin Rose on a flight out of Orlando to fly across the Atlantic.
He will be back in the familiar territories of the Finca Cortesin Golf Club where the World Golf Championship Volvo Match Play Championship takes place staring on the 17th of this month and this tournament might just be the one that provides him with the momentum that he requires to reinvigorate his faltering season.
Although his season hasn’t gone as bad as some of the other players, which has, as a result, not affected his rankings, he still might feel that some old fashioned match play, which is a format that has been extremely kind to him, is the kind of impetus that he requires as the season heads into one of its busiest parts with three Major championships just around the corner.
Graeme McDowell, who has been seeded 4th for the event, will be facing off against Swedish golfer Robert Karlsson, who is a replacement for Paul Casey at the tournament and has been given the 13th seeding. But the other members of the group will be known only on the day of the tee off when they are randomly put into the groups, from which, the top two players will head into the knockout rounds.
McDowell and Darren Clarke are the only players from Northern Ireland to play in the tournament with world number one Rory McIlroy deciding against coming to Spain to take some time off from golf. And this might just work in the favor of Graeme McDowell as in the absence some of the top players of the world and with the familiar format, he might just take the title home.