McDowell cruises to World Challenge win

Final leaderboard* -17: G McDowell (NI)* -14: K Bradley* -10: B Van Pelt* -9: R Fowler, J Furyk, T Woods

Final leaderboard
* -17: G McDowell (NI)
* -14: K Bradley
* -10: B Van Pelt
* -9: R Fowler, J Furyk, T Woods

CALIFONIA – Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell was a model of consistency as he picked up his second World Challenge title at California’s Sherwood Country Club.

Overnight leader McDowell, who won this event in 2010 - the same year of his US Open triumph - hit a four-under 68 to end 17 under in the 18-man event.

American Keegan Bradley (69) finished in second, three shots behind, while Bo van Pelt was third on 10 under. Defending champion Tiger Woods (71) tied for fourth on nine under.

The world number three, who eagled the 16th after hitting his second shot on the par five from 252 yards to six feet, said he would be taking the next six weeks off before preparing for the 2013 season.

“I’m really looking forward to it, just having nothing to do with golf for a few weeks, put them [the clubs] away, enjoy the holidays and be with my kids,” Woods stated.

McDowell, 33, without a tournament win since his victory at the same course two years ago, birdied the par-five second with a six-foot putt.

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