Graeme McDowell wins the 2010 US Open at Pebble Beach
Graeme McDowell became the first British winner of the US Open champion for 40 years when he clinched his maiden major title at Pebble Beach. Graeme won by one shot from France's Gregory Havret with Ernie Els two behind in third and Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods tied fourth.
Graeme McDowell grew up playing golf on the links of Rathmore and Royal Portrush and becomes the first Northern Ireland golfer to win a major since Fred Daly clinched the British Open at Hoylake in 1947.
Two weeks ago Graeme won the Wales Open for his fifth career European Tour title. He had top-20 finishes in 2009 at the U.S. Open, Masters and PGA Championship and, after this US Open win, climbed to a career-high 13th in the world rankings.
“This is an absolute dream come true,” said Graeme, as he cradled the trophy in his arms on the 18th green.
“I never imagined this would happen this week. I did feel I was ready and I’m proud how calm and how discipline I managed to stay. This hasn’t sunk in yet. I can’t believe that no matter what happens I’ll always have major champion written after my name. Careers are defined by majors and mine has just begun.” added Graeme.