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Graeme McDowell: NI golfer reveals PGA Championship pull-out was due to Bahamas hurricane

McDowell is very keen to play for Europe in the next Ryder Cup

Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell says he pulled out of last weekend’s PGA Championship at Wentworth because of the hurricane that hit the Bahamas.

McDowell, who has a house on one of the many Caribbean islands that make up the country, says withdrawing from Wentworth “was tough to do but it has been an emotional few weeks”.

“Friends and people that we care about just lost everything,” he added.

“It put things in perspective for me from a golf point of view.”

The Bahamas were left devastated at the start of September after Hurricane Dorian and Tropical Storm Humberto hit the area.

“Trying to help people took a lot of focus off what I was doing,” added McDowell.

“I didn’t get to practice and prepare as much as I would have wanted, from working on our place and trying to help people down there.

“People that we care about, people who are really good friends, their homes just got flattened.

“They’re now trying to get their lives back.

Hurricane Dorian and Storm Humberto hit the Bahamas at the start of September

“We’ve been trying to help with some fundraising efforts and we’ve been trying to rebuild. Mother Nature puts life in perspective with how cruel it can be.”

McDowell withdrew from Wentworth a week before the tournament in England, citing “a personal issue”