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GRASS ROOTS: LIV Golf star Gmac gives clinic in Singapore

Gmac Singapore Clinic International Series
Picture by Asian Tour

Singapore’s next generation of golf talent were given an insight into the skills needed to make it to the top of the game, at a special masterclass delivered by Graeme McDowell, one of the LIV Golf League superstars playing at International Series Singapore this week. The 2010 US Open champion spent time with 15 talented youngsters on the Singapore Golf Association’s (SGA) Futures programme, delivering tips on technique and attitude at the Tanah Merah Country Club’s driving range on Friday, day two of the US$2million event which is one of 10 marquee events on the Asian Tour season.

McDowell, who triumphed at Pebble Beach in 2010 to become the first European in 40 years to win the US Open, said: “It is fun, but of course it’s important for us as pro golfers to take this stuff seriously. “We always talk about coming to Asia and parts of the world where golf is obviously still a developing sport. It’s great to see the next generation out here playing the game and looking to improve,” added McDowell who plays on the Cleeks GC in the LIV Golf League.

GMac Clinc International Series Singapore
Picture by Asian Tour

Despite having star billing, the 44-year-old Northern Irishman struggled for form in International Series Singapore this weekend, and ultimately missed the cut on Friday after carding scores of 74 and 75 on the challenging Tampines Course at TMCC. He said: “You are always hoping that you are inspiring the next generation – not inspiring this week with a 74 and 75 from me! It’s probably one of the most educated bunch of young kids that I have ever done a clinic for but it’s great for me to think through the mechanics and some of the things I forget a little bit as well. “It’s cool, a lot of fun getting to spend some time with them. We always talk about growing the game but sometimes we don’t do enough to help and grow the game but it’s a nice opportunity to do this today. “My little boy and my little girl are seven and nine years old, and they’re on a very similar program to this one. It’s great.”