Graeme McDowell will head to The 150th Anniversary Open Championship as The Race to Dubai Golfer of the Month after a spectacular month of June that saw him become the first European to win the US Open for 40 years just two weeks after capturing the Celtic Manor Wales Open.
McDowell began the month by winning in Wales, closing with superb rounds of 64 and 63 over the Twenty Ten Course at Celtic Manor, where he will make his second Ryder Cup appearance in October. Then after a week’s break, he won again, this time on the world’s biggest stage, shooting rounds of 71-68-71-74 to be the only player in the US Open field to match par.
His victory placed him alongside golfing greats Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Tom Kite and Tiger Woods as a winner of the US Open over the famous Pebble Beach Golf Links in California.
Holding off the challenges of Grégory Havret, Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els and Woods, McDowell became only the second Northern Irishman to win a Major Championship following Fred Daly’s Open Championship success in 1947. He was also the first European since Tony Jacklin in 1970 to win golf’s second oldest Major title.
McDowell said: “I think it’s fair to say that June was the greatest month of my career so far. The win in Wales was special because I played so well over The Ryder Cup Course but then to win the US Open two weeks later was the fulfilment of everything that I have put into the game for most of my life.
“To be awarded The Race to Dubai Golfer of the Month Award is a nice way to end what had been an amazing month in my life.
“But just because I've achieved one of my big dreams, it doesn’t mean I’m going to change. I'm playing some of the best golf of my career and I have to keep doing that.”