Mcdowell is happy to play catch-up on Siem
MARCEL Siem led the Irish Open going into today’s third round in Ki l l a r n e y – a n d that brought back a happy memory for Graeme McDowell.
At last season’s Wales Open, the German led by three with 18 holes to play, but while he closed with a 74 and dropped to seventh, McDowell shot 63 and won by three.
Two weeks later the Ulsterman became US Open champion as well and the best season of his life continued when he was Europe’s winning hero at the Ryder Cup and then beat Tiger Woods head-tohead in California.
So far 2011 has not hit any of the same heights and McDowell, like current US Open champion Rory McIlroy, has his work cut out this weekend after resuming six strokes off the pace.
Siem, one in front of Dane Soren Hansen and Indian Jeev Milka Singh overnight after back-toback rounds of 66, had an extra reason for wanting to build on his start.
Five years ago he partnered Bernhard Langer to World Cup success in Barbados, but he has not yet had the chance to try for a repeat.
“I have to finish really, really good here to get above Alex Cejka on the world rankings and then maybe I’ll partner Martin Kaymer later this year,” said the 31-yearold.
“But there’s two rounds to go here – it’s just halftime and I just want to stay calm and see what happens.”
Aberdeen’s Richie Ramsay was starting today tied for 20th after adding a two-under 69 to his opening 68.
Ramsay had moved to eight-under-par after picking up five birdies during his second round, but the former US Amateur champion finished with a bogey five at the 17th before suffering more misery with a double bogey six at the last.
OUT IN FRONT: Marcel Siem holds a one-shot lead in Killarney.