Graeme McDowell

Graeme McDowell

Graeme McDowell suffered a final round collapse at the Players Championship to let title slip.

The Irishman and U.S. Open Champion was joint leader with the final thirteen holes to play before a dramatic collapse that saw him finish thirty third as he completed a round of seventy nine.

There was no trouble for KJ Choi on the other hand as he claimed the title after holding off David Toms in the play off.

Speaking to Sky Sports McDowell said: "To be honest I felt I ran out of steam a little bit.

"After bogeys on six and seven I felt the energy sucked right out of me. I went flat and everything I tried to do went a little wrong.

"I felt my legs were a little tired this afternoon. I was up at 4.35am (to play the last 12 holes of his third round), but it was the same for everybody, there are no excuses.

"I didn't have the energy levels to pick myself up and I tried to force the issue a little bit.

"I went chasing and this course will do that to you. This is going to hurt for a few hours, but we will move on quickly."

But there are many positives for McDowell despite the loss having come into the tournament on the back of three missed cuts in the last four events.

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