Monday, 21 June 2010

Graeme McDowell Wins US Open!

right, Graeme McDowell's moment of victory

The Ulster Heritage Project sends out a hearty congratulations to Graeme McDowell on his prestigous victory at the US Open. McDowell was born in Portrush, Northern Ireland. He attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham from 1998 to 2002. In 2002, he won the Haskins Award for most outstanding collegiate golfer in the United States.

The Portrush native shot a 3-over-par 74 Sunday for a one-shot win over Frenchman Gregory Havret at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. McDowell, 30, finished four rounds at the legendarily difficult course with an even-par 284 and needed only to par the final hole to finish one stroke ahead of Havret, who shot a 72 and finished in sole possession of second place at 1-over 285.

With the victory, McDowell became the first Irishman to win a U.S. Open in 40 years and notched his first major championship.

Many of golf's biggest names participated in the tournament Sunday, and McDowell benefited from their misfortunes. Ernie Els (73) ended in third place at 2-over 286 after collapsing down the stretch, playing his final nine holes at five-over par. Phil Mickelson (73) and Tiger Woods (75) ended in a fourth-place tie one stroke further back at 3-over. They combined for nine bogeys Sunday.

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