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April 29, 2013
The battle at the Heritage between major champs Graeme McDowell and Webb Simpson served as a reminder of how tough it is to win on the PGA Tour
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April 29, 2013

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The battle at the Heritage between major champs Graeme McDowell and Webb Simpson served as a reminder of how tough it is to win on the PGA Tour

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"I've been working hard since 2011 to get over my U.S. Open win and blah-blah-blah, everything that goes with that," McDowell said, explaining that he takes a long view of his career. "I was looking to change my swing to pick up 15 or 20 yards, but I was afraid it would weaken the rest of my game so I didn't do it. It was the right decision."

Despite the challenging final-round conditions, McDowell enjoyed a week in keeping with the spirit of the Heritage. "It was a work week but not a hard work week," he said with a laugh. He did warmups, running on the beach. Chariots of Fire stuff? "No, no," McDowell said. "When I say warmup, I'm using it in the loosest form of the expression possible. Just a light jog on the beach in bare feet."

With his victory, McDowell finally triumphed in an odd-numbered year. All of his previous wins had come in even-numbered years. "Not that I'm paying attention," he said. He was also glad to give the crowd at Nona Blue Tavern, his new restaurant and bar near the Orlando airport, something to celebrate. Drinks would be on the house, McDowell said, although the length of that celebratory special would "depend on how many people are in there."

It sounds like the makings of an entirely new ailment: the Heritage Hangover. Cheers.

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