Graeme McDowell brought the most memorable season of his career to an exciting finish in Florida when he and Darren Clarke finished second in the Merrill Lynch Shark Shootout.
The Ulster pair fired a 13 under par 59 in a final round scramble to finish just two shots behind Dustin Johnson and Ian Poulter, who also shot 59, on 28 under par.
McDowell and Clarke earned $235,000 each with Johnson and Poulter pocketing $375,000 a head for their efforts during a three-round, silly season event, which raises considerable sums for charity.
Clarke and McDowell said before the start that if their golf was not quite there, they might hit the bar hard.
Fortunately for the organisers, the Irish pair played well and Clarke certainly enjoyed himself:
It’s been fantastic. All week has been fantastic. You know, playing with G-Mac, I really enjoyed it. It’s probably the most fun tournament I’ve had all year, so it’s been absolutely brilliant. You know, it’s the first time I played in the tournament. What Greg and Merrill Lynch do, it’s a brilliant event. I don’t think we could have really had much more fun this week, apart from going out a little later in the evenings. The golf got in the way of that, so we had to behave. But it’s been a brilliant week, brilliant job.
Reporters threw a few golf related questions the Irish pair’s way but judging by the transcript, Clarke’s patience finally ran out at the end.
GRAEME McDOWELL: I had a 2-iron. With 200 yards back into the tee with the wind, it was playing about 225. Hit my 2-hybrid, and it just came out like a missile.
DARREN CLARKE: Can we go have a beer now?
DARREN CLARKE: Thank you very much.