Graeme McDowell third as Kevin Kisner claims maiden tour win

Graeme McDowell (centre) wait to play at the RSM Classic golf tournament
Graeme McDowell (centre) wait to play at the RSM Classic golf tournament

Graeme McDowell fired a closing 67 to finish third, seven shots behind winner Kevin Kisner at the The RSM Classic in Sea Island.

Coming off a victory in the OHL Classic at Mayakoba last Monday in Mexico, Graeme’s challenge ended at the 16th when his approach to the green buried so badly he had to clear away sand just to identify it.

He swung as hard as he could, only for the ball to roll back into his foot print.

He did well to make a bogey, though playing partner Kevin Chappell made birdie on the hole for a two-shot swing that carried him to a 67 and the runner-up finish.

Meanwhile, Justin Rose believes being overlooked for a wild card in 2010 is behind Paul Casey’s decision not to rejoin the European Tour, meaning he will be ineligible for the 2016 Ryder Cup.

Casey, who is based mainly in Arizona, gave up his membership after deciding to concentrate on the PGA Tour in order to get back into the world’s top 50.

The move has paid off with the former world number three climbing from 75th at the end of last season to 24th, but even this week’s change in membership criteria has not been enough to persuade the 38-year-old to rejoin.

Casey played in the record nine-point wins in 2004 and 2006 and Europe’s last defeat at Valhalla in 2008, but was in tears after being overlooked for a wild card by captain Colin Montgomerie in 2010, when he was ranked seventh in the world.

“He’s a very, very good player and a great match-play player and I can only see him improving his world ranking,” Rose said.

“He’s playing very solid golf and I expect Paul to have a big year next year.
“I think obviously when Monty didn’t pick him in 2010, I think that’s left a bit of a scar.”