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McDowell wins again!

Ulsterman takes Golf Writers' Award

Posted Dec 15, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

Graeme McDowell

Graeme McDowell is at it again! Yep, he’s continuing that winning mentality but this time he didn’t even have to swing a club to take a much-respected title. The Northern Irishman became the first player from his country to win the Golf Writers’ Trophy after a poll of those in the know in the game.
This fantastic award really caps what has been a remarkable year for the Ulsterman and it could get better yet as the BBC still have to disclose their Sports Personality of the Year for 2010 and McDowell is definitely in the running for that too.
In a year where European golf has surged in stock, McDowell has been one of the shining lights. He made history by becoming the first European winner of the US Open since 1970 when the great Tony Jacklin won the prestigious major, he hit the winning putt to secure the Ryder Cup for the European team and beat the great Tiger Woods in a play-off to win the Chevron World Challenge. Added to that, he also won the Wales Open at Celtic Manor and the Andalucia Masters at Valderrama as was named European Tour Golfer of the Year alongside Martin Kaymer.
Every golfer dreams of winning majors and holing winning putts in the Ryder Cup yet only a few have the chance to fulfil these and McDowell will always be remembered for his remarkable 2010.
I’m sure he will be struggling to get his head around things at the moment but being the outwardly humble man he appears, he will recognise that he is a privileged man and has been fortunate to experience everything he has this year.
Of the latest success he said: “I’m hugely honoured to win such a prestigious award and especially in a year when European golf as a whole has achieved such amazing things. To win a major championship and to hole the winning putt in the Ryder Cup, these are absolute, ultimate golfing dreams for me.”
In the latest poll, Europe’s Ryder Cup team were second, European Tour number one, Martin Kaymer, was third with world number one, Lee Westwood, fourth.

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