Graeme McDowell won in Punta Cana last week and is now searching for another win in Texas

  • Graeme McDowell is in Texas following his first win since 2015 in Punta Cana
  • He is looking to secure last-gasp Masters invite with win in Valero Texas Open
  • Winner at TPC San Antonio will go to Masters, but if they have already qualified then the field at Augusta will stay at 86 – the smallest since 1997 
  • Ernie Els, Luke Donald and Padraig Harrington are among players chasing place

Graeme McDowell is among the players looking to follow in the footsteps of Ian Poulter and secure a last-minute invite to the Masters at the Valero Texas Open.

The final place in the year’s first major at Augusta National will go to the winner of this week’s event at TPC San Antonio, but, if the winner has already qualified, the Masters field will remain at 86, the smallest since Tiger Woods registered his maiden major victory in 1997.

McDowell arrives in Texas on the back of a first win since 2015 in the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship, but that did not earn a Masters invite as it was an opposite-field event played in the same week as the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

Graeme McDowell won in Punta Cana last week and is now searching for another win in Texas
Graeme McDowell won in Punta Cana last week and is now searching for another win in Texas

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