Resurgent Graeme McDowell shot a fine first round 68 that came with a delicious kicker

  • Graeme McDowell is three shots off the lead at Arnold Palmer Invitational
  • McDowell is currently not in the field for the Open in his Portrush hometown
  • He is desperate to rediscover form and qualify for the event in July

In the land of the magic kingdom, how’s this for a potentially fairytale ending to the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday? Graeme McDowell, the forgotten man of European golf having fallen to 259th in the world, is currently not in the field for the historic Open that will take place in his hometown of Portrush this July.

Naturally, you can imagine how desperate he is to rediscover his true form and make the field. At the API yesterday, the 39-year-old Northern Irishman, who lives 20 minutes down the road from the Bay Hill venue, opened with a fine first round 68 that came with a delicious kicker.

This just happens to be the first year this event has been part of the Open qualifying series, and so there are three spots available here for Portrush for the leading non-exempt trio.

Resurgent Graeme McDowell shot a fine first round 68 that came with a delicious kicker
Resurgent Graeme McDowell shot a fine first round 68 that came with a delicious kicker

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