Graeme McDowell is so far certainly justifying his decision to skip the European Tours flagship event at Wentworth in favour of playing on the PGA Tour.
McDowell added a second-round level par 70 to remain at four-under par heading to the final two days of the $US 6.7m event at Colonial.
It left the current World No. 87 trailing only just two shots behind the leading foursome of the American trio of Webb Simpson (66), Kevin Kisner (67) and Scott Piercy (66) along with New Zealander Danny Lee (64).
McDowell’s round included a third hole double bogey when he missed the fairway right but then found rough just short of the green ahead of three-putting while he went bogey, birdie and bogey from the sixth.
But it was a different scenario over his inward half with McDowell landing his second shot at the 1oth to just two-feet for a virtual tap-in birdie while at the next he got up-and-down from 118-yards for birdie.
McDowell then got back to level for his round when he holed a 10-footer at the 14th for birdie ahead of four closing pars.
“It was very, very hot out there this afternoon but then we got fortunate with the draw as those guys out this morning had to deal with stronger winds than we did,” said McDowell.
“So, after my start I was just happy to hang in the way I did. I had a couple of three-putts on the front half that really compounded my errors.
“I also three-putted the sixth out of the blue, as well.
“But it was great to make the turn and say to myself “Let’s try and get back to level-par for the day” and I then really played well on the back nine.
“I feel very comfortable on this golf course and I am driving the ball while my iron-play was a lot sharper then on the greens, I feel good standing over the ball.
“So, it is nice to be there or thereabouts with two rounds to play”.
When quizzed on his decision to skip Wentworth for the first time since making his debut in 2003, McDowell declared he does not need to “legitimise” his decision to skip the BMW PGA and remain Stateside to compete.
“I am not here to prove anything to anyone, and I am here to chase FedEx Cup points and get myself into the Tour Championship for a first time in my career.”
“I am here in Texas for all the right reasons and I am not here to prove anything to anybody”.
Sitting just two off the lead heading into the weekend Gmac certainly seems to have made the right decision as he is well placed for a top finish and a leap up the FedEx Cup rankings.
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