It is now nine weeks since McDowell’s wife, Kristin gave birth to the couple’s first child, Vale. Indeed the gated Lake Nona Estate in suburban Orlando. where the McDowell’s reside, is becoming the child-rearing capital of the European Tour with four members of the victorious European Ryder Cup team now boasting 10 children between them.
Henrik Stenson’s wife Emma, gave birth last weekend to the couple’s third child while Ian Poulter has four children and Justin Rose has two. Peter Hanson is the father of two children taking the Lake Nona tally to a dozen.
McDowell contests this week’s BMW Masters in Shanghai and returns home before returning to Dubai for the final event of the 2014 European Tour year and then concluding his season with two events in Florida.
“It’s hard to jump on a plane leaving Kristin and Vale behind for these for two weeks in China because I know when I get back the baby will have changed so much,” he said.
“That’s why I envy Henrik not being here this week as it’s a special time in he and Emma’s life with a third child being born. I’m sure he’s enjoying that first week of sleepless nights!
“Having a baby is like a switch being flicked on in your head as you know that forever you are responsible for someone’s life. You have to grow up, and if there’s any more growing up to be done that’s the time in your life you have to got to do it. So it’s a special time and especially for all of us living at Lake Nona Ian’s got his kids, Henrik’s family is blooming and there’s Justin’s family and now mine, and it’s also cool to be a part of.”
But with McDowell warming to fatherhood he’s not about to change a hectic trans-Atlantic schedule.
“I have a great balance in my life and I’m refreshed and ready to rededicate myself to my career not only for my last four events this year but heading into 2015. I am such a good place in my personal life it has allowed me to refocus on my golf and career. My focus has not been as great as it should for the last 18 months but that’s been for all the right reasons like getting married and becoming a father. So looking at my schedule for next year it is already very similar to this year.”
McDowell recorded a five under par 67 on the opening day of the BMW Masters in Shanghai. If left him in fifth place, two shots behind in-form Frenchman Alexander Levy.