| 10°C Belfast

Biting Back: More majors in Graeme McDowell

Close

Webb Simpson shows the championship trophy to Graeme McDowell, of Northern Ireland, after the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament Sunday, June 17, 2012, at The Olympic Club in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Webb Simpson shows the championship trophy to Graeme McDowell, of Northern Ireland, after the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament Sunday, June 17, 2012, at The Olympic Club in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

Eric Gay

Webb Simpson shows the championship trophy to Graeme McDowell, of Northern Ireland, after the U.S. Open Championship golf tournament Sunday, June 17, 2012, at The Olympic Club in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

It's a pity Graeme McDowell couldn't bring the US Open title back here for the third year running, but his outstanding efforts confirmed he’s a major player again — in every sense.

I wouldn't say we had forgotten about McDowell, but when comparing him with our other recent major winners, Darren Clarke, the Godfather of Ulster golf and Rory McIlroy, the precocious Holywood hero, Graeme's a bit like the middle brother who doesn't get the attention of the first born or youngest child.

Not once can I recall him complain about that despite the fact he started us on the road to making Northern Ireland ‘the golfing capital of the world' with his 2010 US Open success at Pebble Beach.

That was a glorious year for G-Mac — he also inspired Europe to Ryder Cup glory — before slipping out of the reckoning in the big events, as many do after claiming a first major.

Some felt Graeme would never contend again. He disproved that theory on the Lake Course at Olympic, finishing just one shot behind winner Webb Simpson.

The Olympic, like Pebble Beach, is devilishly difficult, but when the going gets tough, the tough, like McDowell, get going.

Disappointed not to come out on top, his Olympic spirit should stand him in good stead. G-Mac has shown there are more majors in him.

Belfast Telegraph