Graeme McDowell continued his love affair with California by
winning for the first time in two years when he held off
playing partner Keegan Bradley to clinch the World Challenge
by three shots.
The Northern Irishman, who had endured a title drought since
his playoff victory here over tournament host Tiger Woods in
2010, ended his 2012 campaign on a triumphant note as he
closed with a four-under-par 68 to post a 17-under total of
Though McDowell survived a few anxious moments over the
closing stretch at a rain-soaked Sherwood Country Club, he
rebounded from a bogey at the 13th with birdies at the 16th
and the last to keep Bradley at bay.
Bradley finished second after signing off with a 69. American
Bo Van Pelt (70) was alone in third at 10 under, a stroke
better than compatriots Rickie Fowler (69), Jim Furyk (70)
and five-times champion Woods 71.