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In Pictures: McDowell wins Belfast Telegraph Sports award

It has been an amazing year for golfer Graeme McDowell.

The Portrush man became the first European to claim a US Open since 1970 by putting the winning shot at Pebble Beach in June.

He was also a member of the European Ryder Cup Team and took the clinching hole to beat the Americans at Celtic Manor in Wales in October, and in December he beat Tiger Woods in a playoff to win the 2010 Chevron World Challenge.

And last night the golfer, known to fans simply as G-Mac, added another title to his growing list of accolades when he took home the prestigious Belfast Telegraph Sports Star of the Year award.

The award was announced at a glamorous dinner reception at the Shaw’s Bridge Ramada Hotel in Belfast.

Mr McDowell's parents Kenny and Marian picked up the award as their son was in Hawaii, but the golfer said he was thrilled to receive the award.

“It’s fantastic to win the Belfast Telegraph Sports Personality of the Year Award.

“It’s always great to receive support from home, it spurs me on and after an incredible year I’m hoping to build on that in 2011,” he said.

The 31-year-old professional golfer, who began playing at Rathmore Golf Club at the age of eight, fought off stiff competition to claim this year’s prize.

Horse racing legend Tony McCoy, who was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year after winning the Grand National on his 15th attempt in April, was shortlisted for the top award.

Rowing world champion Richard Chambers was another nominee, along with the Co Londonderry racing cyclist Wendy Houvenaghel.

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