McDowell to skip Deutsche Bank, while Rory looks ahead to next week

Graeme McDowell
Graeme McDowell

Graeme McDowell has decided to skip next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship.
McDowell’s wife, Kristin, is scheduled to have a baby on Monday morning.

“We planned it for the Monday of Deutsche Bank to give myself as much breathing room to possibly play Boston,” he explained.

“Mathematically, I knew I was kind of guaranteed to play Colorado (the BMW Championship). My caddie has been telling me all year, ‘You’re not going to want to go to Boston.’ So I’ve decided to give myself the weekend off and just be with the family. Nice to be able to plan it that way.”

The 35-year-old also announced last night that he will leave his management team Horizon Sports. McDowell will manage his own commercial interests at the conclusion of his current management contract at the end of the 2014 season.

Meanwhile Rory McIlroy settled for another round of 70 on Sunday during the final round of the first FedEx Cup playoff event but one that left him well out of contention.

“It was going to come to an end sooner or later,” McIlroy said of his three-tournament winning streak that included two major championships.

“But at the end of the day, the great thing about golf is always there’s next week.

“Looking forward to going to Boston, a course where I’ve had success before and I’ve played well there, and I feel like my game is in good shape. So there’s no reason why I can’t go there next week and challenge for the title there.”

McIlroy, who is ranked No. 1 in the world, came into the tournament first in FedEx Cup points but was projected to drop to fourth when he completed his round in a tie for 23rd. That is the nature of the playoffs, which give five times more points than regular tournaments.

American Hunter Mahan won the tournament with a final round 65.