Graeme McDowell had an up and down day at the Masters, matching Padraig Harrington and coming into the clubhouse with a three-under-par 69.
The Portrush native, in only his second Masters appearance (he missed the cut on his debut in 2005), had a dream start with birdies on one and two.
The 29-year-old gave up a shot at the fourth but birdied eight to make the turn at two-under-par.
McDowell did well at Amen corner, leaving one under after a birdie on 12 to go to minus three. Consecutive birdies on 15 and 16 brought him to five under, but a bogey on the 17th brought him back to four under par.
McDowell had a tough time of on the last, going into the rough with his drive and hitting into the bunker short of the green. The chip out of the bunker was a tad thick and he left himself a 15-footer for par.
McDowell couldn't hole out and finished bogey-bogey to end up with a 69. Though undoubtedly disappointed with the end of his round, McDowell is still well-positioned at the 2009 Masters golf tourmament .
The story of the day is from Chad Campbell, who could break the course record. The American is eight under through 14 and could break the course record, which is 63.
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