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Golf pair up for top award

Westwood and McDowell compete for BBC Sports Personality of the Year gong

Posted Nov 30, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

Graeme McDowell

Two of Britain’s finest golfers have been nominated for one of the most prestigious accolades in the sporting arena – the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award for 2010. And they quite rightly deserve to be in contention.
The two players nominated are golf’s world number one, Lee Westwood, and US Open champion, Graeme McDowell – both successful members of the European Ryder Cup team and both brilliant ambassadors for British sport.
So let’s start with Westwood, the Nottingham Forest loving superstar. His form over the past two years has been incredible and this nomination is certainly due. He capped a superb 2010 by ending Tiger Woods’ 281-week reign at the top of the rankings and by doing so means he became the first European to top the list since Nick Faldo in 1994.
This was all reward for a season that included finishing second at The Masters and the Open as well as a victory on the USPGA Tour in the St Jude Classic.
He also shone in the Ryder Cup, leading from the front and winning two-and-a-half points from a possible four. This nomination shows the respect he has gained in the professional sporting world and in my eyes, he will definitely be one of the front-runners for the accolade.
Westwood’s Ryder Cup teammate, McDowell, is also a worthy nominee for this prestigious award as both look to become the first golfer since Faldo in 1989 to win the gong.
‘G-Mac’ rose to stardom superbly in 2010 and in June he became the first European US Open champion for 40 years as he clinched the major – his maiden major title – in impressive fashion at Pebble Beach. This win also made him the first player from the UK to win a major since Paul Lawrie’s Open success at Carnoustie in 1999.
McDowell was also a stalwart of the Ryder Cup team in October, holing the winning putt for Europe. He has also moved into the world’s top 10 following his success this year and narrowly missed out on becoming Europe’s number one golfer to Martin Kaymer in the Race to Dubai competition.
Like Westwood, McDowell is a worthy nominee and will be one of the front-runners for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

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