Category: Graeme McDowell

October 01, 2013

Graeme McDowell gets married in small Bahamas ceremony

Posted at 1:59 PM by Coleman McDowell

After proposing atop a helideck at the luxurious Burj Al Arab Hotel in Dubai, the wedding ceremony was the easy part for Graeme McDowell. The 2010 U.S. Open champ and his new bride, Kristin Stape, tied the knot on Saturday in front of family and friends on an island in the Bahamas. 

But Rory McIlroy, one of McDowell's best friends on Tour and fellow Northern Ireland native, was absent from the event, according to the Evening Herald (Ireland).

"One half of the biggest bromances in golf, friends had widely tipped McIlroy to be the one who would stand by McDowell as his best man on his big day. However, McIlroy hit the town with Manchester United striker Rooney on the same night that McDowell was toasting his new wife with a small party of less than 30 people."

A spokesperson for McIlroy told the newspaper that "Rory was in the UK to do a photoshoot for one of his sponsors Nike. Wayne Rooney is another Nike athlete and they did the shoot together."

From the looks of the pictures, it doesn't look like Graeme missed him that much.

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July 11, 2013

Johnny Drama wants G-Mac, Rory for Entourage movie

Posted at 3:42 PM by Mike Walker

Entourage_rory_gmac_entourage_300Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell and Rory McIlroy aren’t brothers, but the friendship between the 24-year-old superstar McIlroy and the grinding 33-year-old Graeme McDowell is similar to the relationship between movie star Vincent Chase character and his older, less successful actor brother Johnny Drama on HBO’s popular Entourage show, which ended its seven-year run in 2011.

So it makes sense that Kevin Dillon, the actor who plays Johnny Drama, wants both McIlroy and McDowell to appear in the Entourage movie. The Irish Mirror has the details:

“Graeme was on the set after he won the US Open. I guess he’s a fan of the show. I wasn’t working that day so I didn’t get to meet him but he and Doug [Ellin, Entourage writer and director] have become good friends. Everyone loves Graeme.”

New York-born Kevin, who also starred in Oliver Stone’s Platoon and The Doors said there’s a chance the golf aces could appear in the Entourage movie.

He added: “Possibly. A script can change, Graeme isn’t in it right now but the cameos come in so late.”

Photo: McDowell and McIlroy at Wentworth in 2013 (Getty Images).

May 19, 2013

VIDEO: Nicolas Colsaerts takes drop in restroom at Match Play

Posted at 5:10 PM by

Nicolas Colsaerts' match against Graeme McDowell went right down the drain.

On the par-4 10th hole at the World Match Play, the Belgian hit his tee shot over a concrete restroom and into the trees. An official on the scene made the surprise ruling that the building itself represented the nearest point of relief (no pun intended). After Colsaerts dropped near the toilet, he was given a free drop outside the restroom because the structure was classified as an immovable obstruction. He went on to make a par, halve the hole and eventually lose the match.

April 22, 2013

Graeme McDowell opens bar at Nona Blue even before Harbour Town victory

Posted at 1:27 PM by Cameron Morfit

Graeme-McDowellGraeme McDowell sent champagne to the press tent after winning the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, so it came as no surprise when he said he would celebrate his future victories in part by buying a round for patrons of his new upscale pub and restaurant, Nona Blue.

He did one better Sunday.

Even before beating Webb Simpson in a one-hole, sudden-death playoff at the RBC Heritage at breezy Hilton Head on Sunday, McDowell called the restaurant to set up a round for those watching the golf on TV. McDowell won with a par on the first extra hole, and with his entourage made the 300-mile trek south back to Orlando and rolled into Nona Blue around midnight to celebrate the victory in person.

"It was pretty subdued and relaxed just because Graeme was so exhausted," Bill Bona, a founding partner in the restaurant and one of the hosts of The Leaderboard golf radio show, told "There weren't too many people still here when he showed up with his caddie and some friends. Ironically his parents had just gone back to Ireland that morning, and they'd been here since like the Honda Classic." 

Bona said McDowell is expected to be on The Leaderboard show from 7-8 ET tonight, and fans can hit the Listen Live link to catch the interview.

(Photo Credit: Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)


January 14, 2013

Tweets of the Week: Rory's move to Nike, Golfers pick their favorite Euro Ryder Cup Captain contender and more

Posted at 4:42 PM by Samantha Glover
ICYMI: World No. 1 Rory McIlroy's move to Nike was made official: With the European Ryder Cup captain announcement coming Tuesday, golfers voiced their opinions about who they want to get the job: PGA Tour rookie Russell Henley won the Sony Open: Golfers watched the first round of the NFL playoffs:
December 03, 2012

Graeme McDowell speaks out about gallery noise

Posted at 1:32 PM by Samantha Glover

UPDATE: Look closely at McDowell's left hand at 0:17 in's video to see the gesture he makes while calling a spectator a wanker.

After a spectator at Tiger Woods's World Challenge caused a stir by calling Keegan Bradley a cheater, tournament winner Graeme McDowell spoke out against boorish fan behavior. Here are the highlights of his post-round press conference:

And let's hope there's not too much more of that going on out there. I'm kind of fed up with all this "mashed potatoes" and all this rubbish that the crowd are kind of enjoying shouting right now.

Keegan had a guy out there who was after every shot he was yabba dabba doing and it was just stupid. It's something for the players, it's not a lot of fun and it's kind of becoming a little bit of a cool thing to do for the spectators. It kind of gives them their two or three seconds of fame. But it gets a little frustrating for everyone.

Thanks to the media attention focused on Bradley, McDowell didn't catch much heat Sunday for calling a spectator a "wanker" during his round. Still, the Irishman took to twitter to apologize.

To read McDowell's complete press conference, go to

November 21, 2012

Truth & Rumors: G-Mac gets engaged atop Dubai hotel

Posted at 10:23 AM by Mark Dee

Gmac_engagedGraeme McDowell and financee Kristin Stape at the 2012 Ryder Cup Gala in Rosemont, Ill. (Getty Images)

Graeme McDowell may not win this week's DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. But we're not sure he'll care.

Why, you ask? Because he won the practice rounds.

On a trip to Dubai two weeks ago to see the competition course, McDowell proposed to long-time girlfriend Kristin Stape, according to a Golf Channel report. McDowell took his knee on a rooftop helipad 656 feet off the ground:

"I did it properly, getting down on one knee," he explained while preparing for this week's season finale on the European Tour. "She was very shocked and had no idea what was going on."

Apparently, "shocked" and "no idea what was going on" were positive reactions, even atop a 656 foot helipad because she said yes.

McDowell's close friend Rory McIlroy congratulated the couple on Twitter.

November 13, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Graeme McDowell claims research shows long putters have advantage

Posted at 11:19 AM by Samantha Glover

Graeme McDowell said that USGA executive director Mike Davis told him research shows that long putters have an advantage, according to the Herald Sun, an Australian newspaper.

"They're convinced the research has shown that under pressure on a Sunday afternoon the long putter just kind of takes one extraneous movement out of the putting stroke," McDowell said at Kingston Heath.

"I think it's probably something they're disappointed in themselves that it's got to this point. They probably should have nipped it in the bud many, many years ago."

Ian Poulter, who is in Australia with McDowell for the Australian Masters, agreed. 

"Ban it. End of story," the Englishman said. "I mean, don't anchor the butt end of the club. It's simple, right?"

The possibility of a ban on long putters and belly putters has divided professional golf. Tiger Woods has already gone on record supporting the ban, Phil Mickelson spoke out against the ban, and Keegan Bradley said he would consider legal action if the USGA and R&A decided to outlaw the anchored putter.

November 12, 2012

Tweets of the Week: Manssero's win, McIlroy's cash, Lewis's prize and the Golf Boys return

Posted at 12:51 PM by Samantha Glover

Matteo Manassero won Barclays Singapore Open, and Rory McIlroy clinched the European money title:


Cristie Kerr ended a slump, and Stacy Lewis ended an American POY drought:

PGA and LPGA players thanked those who have served:

Ben Crane, Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan and Bubba Watson on the return of Golf Boys:

November 07, 2012

Twitter Round Up: Golfers on the 2012 Presidential Election

Posted at 12:20 PM by

Here's a look at some election tweets from the golf world:



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