Mcdow­ell is happy to play catch-up on Siem

Evening Express (Extra Edition) - - FORE! -

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.

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