Andalucia Valderrama Masters

McGrane determined to conquer his personal Everest

Damien McGrane toyed with the idea of trekking in the foothills of Mount Everest next year.

But the grinding Kells man, who turns 40 in April, just can’t find the time as he’s set his sights on reaching the summit of golf again by adding to his lone European Tour victory in 2011.

"Terminator" McDowell the last man standing at Valderrama

Is there tougher man in world golf right now than Graeme McDowell?

The answer to that question has to be a resounding “no” after the 31-year old US Open champion came through a final round battle for survival on a blustery day in Spain to win the €3 million Andalucia Valderrama Masters by two shots on three under par from fellow Irishmen Gareth Maybin (76) and Damien McGrane (72) and the Dane Soren Kjeldsen (69).

McDowell signals intent with Valderrama masterclass

Graeme McDowell underlined his status as a golfing grandmaster when he combined chess like precision with some good old fashioned scrambling to open with an impeccable, three under par 68 in the Andalucia Valderrama Masters.