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Graeme McDowell's shocking one-handed brick on a tap-in was the forgotten lowlight of the weekend

As Bryson DeChambeau proved on Sunday, there are ways for LIV Golf to demand your attention without breaking out in a corny flash mob on the first tee. One of those ways is shooting a 58 to win at a former PGA Tour venue. No matter what the conditions were or who he was playing against, that's the type of impossible-to-ignore occurrence LIV was in desperate need of.

While Graeme McDowell might disagree, a few on-course lowlights wouldn't hurt, either. Any publicity is good publicity, right? For G-Mac, a one-handed quick rake brick probably wasn't what he had in mind, but this unbelievably short miss certainly got people talking on Saturday:

As Alex Perry of Bunkered Online noted in his tweet, you've got to love McDowell going back for seconds with one hand. Perhaps if the prize money was not already guaranteed the Northern Irishman might have marked it, composed himself and used two hands to finish this one off. But on LIV, you can afford to whack it around with one hand all day if you'd like. 

This marks the second straight week we've seen a tour pro miss a putt of such short length in a professional event. Last week, it was Tom Whitney on the Korn Ferry Tour, ramming a tap-in off the right edge that nearly struck his own foot. Like McDowell, Whitney was already reaching in the hole to grab his ball before realizing it, um, was not in the hole:

A painful reminder that those count on every professional tour in the world, LIV included. The rest of us get to scoop a few four-footers and say we shot 77, though.