Celtic Manor Wales Open

McGinley prepared to take "tough decisions"

European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley in his role as an assistant at Medinah last year. Photo Eoin Clarke/www.golffile.ieIt will be sold as “No More Mr Nice Guy” but anyone who thought Paul McGinley was going to be a pushover as a Ryder Cup captain does not know him that well. After all, the dapper Dubliner overcame all the odds, tiptoeing through a political minefield and neatly dodging other obstacles to get the job.

McDowell in US Open limbo after Celtic Manor hell

Graeme McDowell thinks hard on day one of the Saab Wales Open. By day three he had even more food for thought. Credit: golffile.ieGolfers hate the unexpected, whether it be a shank, a socket or a round of 81 out of the blue when challenging for a title on what should be their favourite course on the planet.

But that’s exactly what happened to Graeme McDowell in the third round of the Saab Wales Open - a series of blow ups, accidents and meltdowns so bizarre that he admits afterwards that he is asking himself some  serious questions about his mental game with less than two weeks to go before he defends the US Open title at Congressional.

McDowell and McGrane start well in Wales

Damien McGrane on the third at Celtic Manor. Picture: Fran Caffrey/ www.golffile.ie Defending champion Graeme McDowell enjoyed a successful return to Celtic Manor as he matched Damien McGrane’s 67 to share sixth place in the Saab Wales Open.

The US Open champion’s steady, four under par effort left him three shots behind South African Keith Horne on his first visit to the course since his Ryder Cup winning heroics last October.

McDowell returns to ground zero

Graeme McDowell would love a good week on the greens at Celtic Manor. Credit: golffile.ieGraeme McDowell is banking on some Welsh wizardry to help break through a mental barrier ahead of his US Open defence.

The Ulsterman defends his Welsh Open title at Celtic Manor hoping to rediscover the magical putting touch that sparked the best season of his career into life last term.