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Graeme McDowell triumphs in California

Graeme McDowell banked a cheque for one million US Dollars following a three-shot victory in California
Graeme McDowell banked a cheque for one million US Dollars following a three-shot victory in California
Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy after his three stroke victory in the final round of the Tiger Woods World Challenge
Graeme McDowell acknowledges the crowd after finishing the third round of the World Challenge golf tournament at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Bret Hartman)
THOUSAND OAKS, CA - DECEMBER 02: Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland hits from the fairway on the fifth hole during the final round of the Tiger Woods World Challenge Presented by Northwestern Mutual at Sherwood Country Club on December 2, 2012 in Thousand Oaks, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
THOUSAND OAKS, CA - DECEMBER 02: Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland waits to putt on the 18th hole during the final round of the Tiger Woods World Challenge Presented by Northwestern Mutual at Sherwood Country Club on December 2, 2012 in Thousand Oaks, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
THOUSAND OAKS, CA - DECEMBER 02: Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland makes a birdie putt on the 18th hole to cement a three stroke victory during the final round of the Tiger Woods World Challenge Presented by Northwestern Mutual at Sherwood Country Club on December 2, 2012 in Thousand Oaks, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
THOUSAND OAKS, CA - DECEMBER 02: Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland hits his tee shot on the 13th hole during the final round of the Tiger Woods World Challenge Presented by Northwestern Mutual at Sherwood Country Club on December 2, 2012 in Thousand Oaks, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
THOUSAND OAKS, CA - DECEMBER 02: Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland hits his tee shot on the 13th hole during the final round of the Tiger Woods World Challenge Presented by Northwestern Mutual at Sherwood Country Club on December 2, 2012 in Thousand Oaks, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
THOUSAND OAKS, CA - DECEMBER 02: Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy after his three stroke victory in the final round of the Tiger Woods World Challenge Presented by Northwestern Mutual at Sherwood Country Club on December 2, 2012 in Thousand Oaks, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
THOUSAND OAKS, CA - DECEMBER 02: Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland poses with the trophy after his three stroke victory in the final round of the Tiger Woods World Challenge Presented by Northwestern Mutual at Sherwood Country Club on December 2, 2012 in Thousand Oaks, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
THOUSAND OAKS, CA - DECEMBER 02: Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland pumps his fist after making a birdie putt on the 18th hole to cement a three stroke victory during the final round of the Tiger Woods World Challenge Presented by Northwestern Mutual at Sherwood Country Club on December 2, 2012 in Thousand Oaks, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
THOUSAND OAKS, CA - DECEMBER 02: Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland holds an umbrella as he walks off the tee on the second hole during the final round of the Tiger Woods World Challenge Presented by Northwestern Mutual at Sherwood Country Club on December 2, 2012 in Thousand Oaks, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
THOUSAND OAKS, CA - DECEMBER 02: Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland hits out of a bunker on the fourth hole during the final round of the Tiger Woods World Challenge Presented by Northwestern Mutual at Sherwood Country Club on December 2, 2012 in Thousand Oaks, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
THOUSAND OAKS, CA - DECEMBER 02: Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland hits his tee shot on the fifth hole during the final round of the Tiger Woods World Challenge Presented by Northwestern Mutual at Sherwood Country Club on December 2, 2012 in Thousand Oaks, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
THOUSAND OAKS, CA - DECEMBER 02: Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland hits his tee shot on the sixth hole during the final round of the Tiger Woods World Challenge Presented by Northwestern Mutual at Sherwood Country Club on December 2, 2012 in Thousand Oaks, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
THOUSAND OAKS, CA - DECEMBER 01: Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland hits his tee shot on the tenth hole during the third round of the Tiger Woods World Challenge Presented by Northwestern Mutual at Sherwood Country Club on December 1, 2012 in Thousand Oaks, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Graeme McDowell hits his second shot on the 18th hole during the third round of the World Challenge golf tournament at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. (AP Photo/Bret Hartman)

Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell finished three shots clear of Keegan Bradley to win the World Golf Challenge in California.

The European Ryder Cup star banked a cheque for one million US Dollars (£624,000) as a result of finishing 17 under for the week, as well as ending a two-year wait since his last victory.

The 2010 US Open winner was two shots ahead of Bradley at the start of the day and ensured success with a strong back nine that earned him a four-under 68.

He was one under at the turn, having picked up a stroke at the par-five second, but strengthened his case on the back nine with four more birdies to balance against a solitary bogey-six at the 13th.

Bradley started strongly, with birdies at holes two and five but was level par for the front nine after giving back shots on eight and nine.

He finished three under for the round as he responded to McDowell's surge but it was not enough.

The pair were well ahead of the rest of the 18-man field, Bo Van Pelt finishing third four shots back from Bradley and seven adrift of McDowell.

Tournament host Tiger Woods finished in a share of fourth alongside Rickie Fowler and Jim Furyk on nine under.

Zach Johnson spared England's Ian Poulter last place with a dreadful round of seven over that included three double bogeys and three bogeys.

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