McDowell finishes on a high

 

Golf:Graeme McDowell shot a four-under-par 64 to jump 22 places in the final round of the Honda Classic in Florida, but South African Rory Sabbatini remained firmly on course for his sixth PGA Tour win. The Irishman began the in a share of 30th place after rounds of 73,71 and 70 but five birdies on a flawless card catapulted him into the top 10 on two under.

Sabbatini reached the turn in a level par 35, two-putting the long third for birdie, but then having his first three-putt bogey of the week on the 421-yard ninth.

That took him back to nine under, with former winner YE Yang and American Jerry Kelly five under and former United States amateur champion Ricky Barnes one further back.

Tee-off times had been brought forward because of the threat of afternoon thunderstorms in the Palm Beach Gardens area.

Lee Westwood, who had needed a top-three finish to reclaim the world number one spot, finished four over after a 70, while Rory McIlroy was 14 over, three over for the day, after 14 holes of his final round.