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McDowell ends European misery in US Open

Posted Dec 28, 2010 by Jeff Dawson

Graeme McDowell

The summer months of the golf season really belonged to golfers from this side of the pond, and in particular to Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell. We take a look back at the action from May and June of the 2010 season and we start in Europe.
The first event of May was the BMW Italian Open in Turin and this resulted in victory for Sweden’s Fredrik Andersson Hed who won by two shots on 16 under and included a wonderful nine under 63 in the third round.
Peter Hanson then won the Iberdrola Open Cala Millor Mallorca before Simon Khan took the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, beating Hed and Luke Donald by one on six under. Completing May’s action was a win for Donald at the Madrid Masters as he shot a superb 21 under to beat Rhys Davies by one.
Over in America, South African Tim Clark won the Players’ Championship at TPC Sawgrass, the fifth major whilst Adam Scott claimed the Valero Texas Open. Jason Day won the HP Byron Nelson Championship and Zach Johnson took the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Calonial.
Then it was time for G-Mac, aka Graeme McDowell, to shine. He started with a superb victory in the Celtic Manor Wales Open before the highlight of his career – his first major success at Pebble Beach in the US Open.
On a punishing course, McDowell was the only player in the field to finish his four rounds in par despite a closing 74. Gregory Havret was second on plus one, followed by Ernie Els on plus two, with Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods tied in fourth on plus four.
Dustin Johnson was set for the win as he led by three from McDowell in the closing round but he choked in a massive way to close with a shocking 11 over 82 leaving him tied in eighth.
McDowell was the first European winner of this competition for 40 years and it propelled him up the world rankings.
Also in June, Thomas Bjorn won the Estoril Open de Portugal, Martin Wiegele claimed the Saint-Omer Open and David Horsey won the BMW International Open.
Over in the States, Justin Rose won his first event of the year by taking the Memorial Tournament before Lee Westwood claimed his first win of 2010 in the St Jude Classic at TPC Southwind. Bubba Watson then took the Travelers Championship and Ricky Barnes won the CVS/Caremark Charity Classic.
All in all it was a fantastic two months worth of golf especially for the elite players from Europe.

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