Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Golf star Graeme McDowell reveals panic over trophy case lock

New US Open champion Graeme McDowell speaks during a press conference at Rathmore Golf Club in Portrush
Graeme 'G-Mac' McDowell's after party at the Ramore Wine Bar
Graeme McDowell

US Open winner Graeme McDowell has revealed how he was hit by panic after the combination for his trophy case lock was lost.

The Northern Ireland golfer's helpers tried six times to open the carrier after the combination - 9315- went missing as he arrived back in the UK.

Bolt cutters were eventually used to cut the lock in London after a greenkeeper from Leatherhead Golf Club arrived.

The drama capped a whirlwind week for the Portrush-born star. Mr McDowell is the first European for 40 years to win the prestigious trophy and among the first to congratulate him were the previous holder Tony Jacklin and Northern Ireland actor Jimmy Nesbitt.

He said: "I can't get my head round it really."

McDowell, 30, arrived in his home town in Co Antrim to the adulation of friends and family.

And he said Sunday's win by a shot was a dream come true.

"I always dreamed big and you have got to work and practice hard. I believed deep down inside that I could do something big, I dreamed of winning a major championship," he added.

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