McDowell missed Wentworth after hurricane in the Bahamas & # 39; s

Posted by on September 25, 2019  /   Posted in golf reviews

McDowell is very keen to play for Europe in the next Ryder Cup

Graeme McDowell in Northern Ireland says he withdrew from last weekend's PGA championship in Wentworth because of the hurricane that hit the Bahamas.

McDowell, who has a home on one of the many Caribbean islands that make up the country, says withdrawing from Wentworth "was hard to do, but it was a few emotional weeks".

"Friends and people we care about have just lost everything," he added.

"It placed things for me from a wave perspective."

The Bahamas were left destroyed in early September after Hurricane Dorian and Tropical Storm Humberto hit the area.

"Trying to help people took a lot of attention away from what I was doing," McDowell added.

"I could not practice and prepare as much as I would have liked, by working at our home and helping people there.

" People we care about, people who are really good friends their houses have just been flattened.

"They are now trying to get their lives back.

Hurricane Dorian and Storm Humberto hit the Bahamas at the beginning of September

. "We have tried to raise some money and we have tried to rebuild it. Mother Nature puts life in perspective with how cruel it can be."

McDowell withdrew a week before the tournament in England back from Wentworth and quoted "a personal problem" in a statement on his Twitter account.

"It's really scary and my mind just hasn't been on golf," said the 40-year-old.

"That's why I just didn't feel that I was ready to play at Wentworth. It has been a difficult few weeks and I am looking forward to going back to the golf course, concentrating again and take the following steps. "

A Fresh Feel

The native Portrush added:" I started working with a new coach, Kevin Kirk, about a month ago.

"He is based in Houston and I love what I am doing. Having someone in the US is very important to me.

"My coach has been based in the UK for a long time, but now I spend so much time in the United States that it helps me achieve consistency.

" Kevin gives me a fresh look and a new enthusiasm for things, and I am very excited about the relationship, so it should be fun. I have a lot to look forward to – let's see if I can close the year strong. "

Ryder Cup & # 39; is a special event & # 39;

The US Open champion 2010 has also explained that an important goal of him is to play in the Ryder Cup next year

"I believe I am still good enough to win here," he said.

"Playing for Padraig (Harrington) at Whistling Straights is my big goal for the next 12 months. I explain my schedule to give myself the best possible chance to be on the team.

"If I play as I know I can play, I can be on the team."

McDowell played in four Ryder Cups before being selected as Thomas Bjorn's vice-captain at the 2018 event in Paris

McDowell was Thomas Bjorn's vice-captain at the last Ryder Cup in Europe & # 39; s victory over the US in Paris, but feels that he still has more to offer as a player.

"The Ryder Cup is something that I cherish and my experiences have been the best in my career. I would like to play again.

" You have two rookies in Shane Lowry and Viktor Hovland, you would say, will be very close to the team.

"The spots begin to disappear as we speak, it is a changing of the guard. I just hope that I am not too old. I would like to be part of the team because it is so & # 39; n special event. "

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