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US Open 2010: Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell wins US Open

Graeme McDowell (R) of Northern Ireland celebrates with the trophy on the 18th green after winning the 110th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 20, 2010 in Pebble Beach, California
Graeme McDowell (R) of Northern Ireland celebrates with the trophy on the 18th green after winning the 110th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 20, 2010 in Pebble Beach, California
Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland celebrates with the trophy on the 18th green after winning the 110th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 20, 2010 in Pebble Beach, California
Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland celebrates with the trophy on the 18th green after winning the 110th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 20, 2010 in Pebble Beach, California
Graeme McDowell (L) of Northern Ireland celebrates with the trophy alongside his caddie Ken Comboy on the 18th green after winning the 110th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 20, 2010 in Pebble Beach, California
Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland celebrates with the trophy on the 18th green after winning the 110th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 20, 2010 in Pebble Beach, California
Graeme McDowell (L) of Northern Ireland celebrates with the trophy alongside his father Ken on the 18th green after winning the 110th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 20, 2010 in Pebble Beach, California
Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland celebrates with the trophy on the 18th green after winning the 110th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 20, 2010 in Pebble Beach, California
Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland celebrates with the trophy on the 18th green after winning the 110th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 20, 2010 in Pebble Beach, California
Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland celebrates with the trophy on the 18th green after winning the 110th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 20, 2010 in Pebble Beach, California
Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland waves to the gallery on the 18th green after winning the 110th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 20, 2010 in Pebble Beach, California
Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland celebrates with the trophy on the 18th green after winning the 110th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 20, 2010 in Pebble Beach, California
Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland celebrates with the trophy on the 18th green after winning the 110th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 20, 2010 in Pebble Beach, California
Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland celebrates with the trophy on the 18th green after winning the 110th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 20, 2010 in Pebble Beach, California
Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland celebrates with the trophy on the 18th green after winning the 110th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 20, 2010 in Pebble Beach, California
Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland celebrates with the trophy on the 18th green after winning the 110th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 20, 2010 in Pebble Beach, California
Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland celebrates on the 18th green after winning the 110th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 20, 2010 in Pebble Beach, California
Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland celebrates with the trophy on the 18th green after winning the 110th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 20, 2010 in Pebble Beach, California
Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland celebrates with the trophy on the 18th green after winning the 110th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 20, 2010 in Pebble Beach, California
Graeme McDowell (R) of Northern Ireland celebrates with the trophy on the 18th green after winning the 110th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 20, 2010 in Pebble Beach, California
Graeme McDowell (R) of Northern Ireland celebrates with his father Ken on the 18th green after winning the 110th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 20, 2010 in Pebble Beach, California
Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland celebrates making par on the 18th hole to win the 110th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 20, 2010 in Pebble Beach, California
Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland celebrates making par on the 18th hole to win the 110th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 20, 2010 in Pebble Beach, California
Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland celebrates making par on the 18th hole to win the 110th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 20, 2010 in Pebble Beach, California
Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland celebrates with his caddie Ken Comboy after making par on the 18th hole to win the 110th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 20, 2010 in Pebble Beach, California
Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland celebrates with his caddie Ken Comboy after making par on the 18th hole to win the 110th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 20, 2010 in Pebble Beach, California
Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland celebrates making par on the 18th hole to win the 110th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 20, 2010 in Pebble Beach, California
Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland celebrates with his caddie Ken Comboy after making par on the 18th hole to win the 110th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 20, 2010 in Pebble Beach, California
Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland celebrates making par on the 18th hole to win the 110th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 20, 2010 in Pebble Beach, California
Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland putts for par on the 18th green during the final round of the 110th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 20, 2010 in Pebble Beach, California
US Open champion Graeme McDowell
Graeme McDowell at the US Open
Graeme McDowell at the US Open
Graeme McDowell at the US Open
Graeme McDowell at the US Open
Graeme McDowell at the US Open
Graeme McDowell at the US Open
Graeme McDowell at the US Open
Graeme McDowell at the US Open
Graeme McDowell at the US Open
Graeme McDowell at the US Open
Graeme McDowell at the US Open
Graeme McDowell at the US Open
Graeme McDowell at the US Open
Graeme McDowell at the US Open
Graeme McDowell at the US Open
Graeme McDowell

The man they call G-Mac - Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell - has won the US Open at Pebble Beach after finishing level par, one stroke ahead of France's Gregory Havret.

McDowell, from Portrush, is the first European to win the tournament since England's Tony Jacklin in 1970 and the first Northern Irishman to win a major since Fred Daly in 1947.

The 30-year-old shot a three-over-par 74 to finish at level par for the tournament and join Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Tom Kite and Tiger Woods as US Open champions at the famous California links.

The drama had come early in his round as playing partner and overnight leader Dustin Johnson squandered a three-shot lead at the second hole to blow the final round wide open, with McDowell rising to the challenge as others, including Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els, faltered.

Havret was second, having shot a 72 to finish one over par, with Els third on two over after a 73 and the world's first and second-ranked golfers Woods (75) and Mickelson (73) tied for fourth a further shot back.

McDowell, the world number 37, follows another Portrush native Fred Daly, winner of the 1947 Open Championship, as a major winner but he had almost not made the field after his tie for 28th at the BMW PGA Championships gave US Tour players Scott Verplank, Michael Sim and Brian Gay the chance to oust him from the world's top 50 rankings with their finishes at the Byron Nelson Championship.

They failed to do so and McDowell got in, going on to win the Celtic Manor Wales Open two weeks ago and bringing that winning form to Pebble Beach to lead this tournament at halfway.

American Johnson, with a seemingly unflappable demeanour, outscored him in the third round to take a three-shot cushion at six under par into the final round but did not last long with the pressure of a Sunday lead at the majors.

He walked off the par-four second hole in a tie with McDowell for the lead at three under after a terrible triple-bogey seven and then lost his ball off the third tee en route to a double bogey, a nightmare series of events for the world number 29.

Having been made to wait, McDowell did well to sink a far from easy par putt and the Portrush golfer went to the fourth having regained the lead at three under as Johnson slipped to one under.

Johnson was all at sea, figuratively and literally at the fourth as his tee shot rolled over the edge of the cliff and after taking a drop, he missed his par putt from five feet to fall out of contention, eventually carding an 82 to tie for eighth at five over.

But while the American faltered, McDowell did not drop a shot until the par-four ninth, the last player in the field to bogey on the final day.

Another followed at the 10th but South Africa's Els, a two-time US Open winner who had shared the lead with McDowell at three under after his first six holes, was also finding trouble.

Els double-bogeyed the ninth then bogeyed the 10th to return to his starting point at level par and dropped two more strokes to finish with a 73 and take third place at two over.

Havret, who had qualified for the tournament at Walton Heath, birdied the first and sixth holes but bogeyed eight and 10 to fall back to level par but did not drop another shot until the 17th, keeping the pressure on McDowell down the final stretch.

The Ryder Cup man bogeyed the 14th, finding a fairway bunker off the tee then laying up and sending his approach through the green and down the slope at the back on the way to a bogey that sent him to one under and cut his lead to one stroke with four to play.

Havret's bogey on 17 gave him a two-shot cushion but then he too bogeyed the infamous par-three and McDowell went to the par-five 18th one ahead with the Frenchman still playing ahead.

As McDowell waited to play his second shot, Havret missed his birdie putt, instead making par for a one-over 72 to finish one over and leave the leader needing a par or better.

He and caddie Ken Comboy immediately made the decision to lay up and McDowell did the sensible thing before sending in a solid short iron to the middle of the green and leave himself with two putts for victory.

First he had to wait for Johnson to putt out, then rolled his first putt to within a foot to tap in, looking to the skies then producing a double fist pump before a tearful embrace with Comboy.

US Open leaderboard

Level - Graeme McDowell (NIrl) (after 72 holes)

1 over - Gregory Havret (Fra) (72)

2 over - Ernie Els (Rsa) (72)

3 over - Phil Mickelson (72)

Tiger Woods (72)

4 over - Matt Kuchar (72)

Davis Love III (72)

5 over - Alex Cejka (Ger) (72)

Dustin Johnson (72)

Martin Kaymer (Ger) (72)

Brandt Snedeker (72)

6 over - Tim Clark (Rsa) (72)

Sean O'Hair (72)

7 over - Ben Curtis (72)

Justin Leonard (72)

8 over - Jim Furyk (72)

Peter Hanson (Swe) (72)

Scott Langley (72)

Charl Schwartzel (Rsa) (72)

Lee Westwood (Eng) (72)

US Open scores

284 Graeme McDowell (NIrl) 71 68 71 74

285 Gregory Havret (Fra) 73 71 69 72

286 Ernie Els (Rsa) 73 68 72 73

287 Phil Mickelson 75 66 73 73, Tiger Woods 74 72 66 75

288 Davis Love III 75 74 68 71, Matt Kuchar 74 72 74 68

289 Dustin Johnson 71 70 66 82, Martin Kaymer (Ger) 74 71 72 72, Brandt Snedeker 75 74 69 71, Alex Cejka (Ger) 70 72 74 73

290 Sean O'Hair 76 71 70 73, Tim Clark (Rsa) 72 72 72 74

291 Justin Leonard 72 73 73 73, Ben Curtis 78 70 75 68

292 Peter Hanson (Swe) 73 76 74 69, Scott Langley 75 69 77 71, Charl Schwartzel (Rsa) 74 71 74 73, Jim Furyk 72 75 74 71, Russell Henley 73 74 72 73, Lee Westwood (Eng) 74 71 76 71

293 Sergio Garcia (Spa) 73 76 73 71, Angel Cabrera (Arg) 75 72 74 72, John Mallinger 77 72 70 74, Padraig Harrington (Irl) 73 73 74 73, Shaun Micheel 69 77 75 72

294 Robert Karlsson (Swe) 75 72 74 73, Ricky Barnes 72 76 74 72

295 Robert Allenby (Aus) 74 74 73 74, Tom Watson 78 71 70 76, Henrik Stenson (Swe) 77 70 74 74, Stuart Appleby (Aus) 73 76 76 70

296 Ryo Ishikawa (Jpn) 70 71 75 80, Soren Kjeldsen (Den) 72 71 75 78, Brendon De Jonge 69 73 77 77, Kenny Perry 72 77 73 74, Jason Dufner 72 73 79 72, David Toms 71 75 76 74, Ryan Moore 75 73 75 73

297 Vijay Singh (Fij) 74 72 75 76, Seung-yul Noh (Kor) 74 72 76 75, Paul Casey (Eng) 69 73 77 78, Bo Van Pelt 72 75 82 68, Stewart Cink 76 73 71 77, Robert Gates 75 74 71 77, Ross McGowan (Eng) 72 73 78 74

298 Chris Stroud 77 72 76 73, Jason Allred 72 73 76 77, Thongchai Jaidee (Tha) 74 75 74 75, K J Choi (Kor) 70 73 77 78, Ian Poulter (Eng) 70 73 77 78, Luke Donald (Eng) 71 75 74 78, Jim Herman 76 73 81 68, Rafael Cabrera Bello (Spa) 70 75 81 72, Scott Verplank 72 74 75 77, Jason Gore 76 73 74 75, Edoardo Molinari (Ita) 75 72 72 79

299 Steve Stricker 75 74 77 73, Retief Goosen (Rsa) 75 74 76 74, Yuta Ikeda (Jpn) 77 72 73 77, Lucas Glover 73 73 77 76, Hiroyuki Fujita (Jpn) 72 77 74 76

300 Jerry Kelly 72 70 81 77, Steve Marino 73 75 73 79, Eric Axley 75 73 75 77, Gareth Maybin (NIrl) 74 75 76 75, Steve Wheatcroft 74 73 77 76, Toru Taniguchi (Jpn) 73 76 76 75

301 Erick Justesen 74 74 80 73

302 David Duval 75 73 74 80, Camilo Villegas (Col) 78 69 79 76, Matt Bettencourt 72 74 77 79, Fred Funk 74 72 77 79

303 Kent Jones 73 76 78 76, Rhys Davies (Wal) 78 70 79 76

305 Nick Watney 76 71 77 81

306 Zach Johnson 72 77 78 79, Matthew Richardson (Eng) 73 75 80 78, Craig Barlow 73 75 77 81

307 Mike Weir (Can) 70 79 83 75, Ty Tryon 75 74 78 80

311 Jason Preeo 75 70 82 84, Pablo Martin (Spa) 73 76 83 79

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