Graeme McDowell overcame Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee 2&1 in the final of the Volvo World Match Play Championship to become the first Irishman to put his name on the trophy alongside some the golf’s most legendary names.
McDowell, who defeated Branden Grace in his morning semi-final 3&2 to book his place in the final at the stunning Thracian Cliffs Beach and Golf Resort in Bulgaria, was delighted to win for the second time in the space of just four weeks following his victory on the PGA Tour last month.
“I’ll drink a couple cold ones tonight and enjoy this. This is a special moment in my career, no doubt about it. Wins are super special. You know, two in four weeks, that’s great. I mean, I’m feeling pretty good right now.”
The final was an understandably tight match, with Jaidee taking an early lead to go two up through four holes.
A birdie on the seventh saw McDowell half the Thai’s lead before the Northern Irishman made a pair of brilliant back-to-back par saves on the ninth and tenth to stay one down. The 33 year old brought all of his US Open and Ryder Cup winning experience to the fore, birdieing the 12th to level the match before Jaidee dropped a shot on the 14th to hand McDowell the lead for the first time in the match.