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McDowell wins US Open

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posted Jun 21, 2010

Fair play to him, well deserved ok

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posted Jun 21, 2010

Congratulations to G-Mac,on a great victory.I'm sure the bookies in Portrush got cleaned out !!!

His odds will now be slashed for St Andrews....where he also plays well.

And what a result for Gregory Havret...after pre-Qualifying.

Ceka and Kaymer T8 as well, all bodes well for the Ryder Cup.

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posted Jun 21, 2010

Well done to McDowell,golf in Ireland has never been stronger I ;d say.With three genuine contenders for majors.Well done Graeme!!!

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posted Jun 21, 2010

Irish Times report

US Open: Who could have dreamed it? Perhaps a father who first saw his son swing a club on the outpost that is Royal Portrush close to the Giant’s Causeway? Yesterday, some eight time zones away, Graeme McDowell – a son of that rugged northern coastline – created his own kind of magic on the Monterey peninsula which hangs out into the Pacific Ocean as he followed some famous footsteps to lay claim to the US Open trophy.

On an often bizarre, even at times cruel, day, McDowell – a 30-year-old Ulsterman – shot a final round 74 for a 284, even par, total which gave him a one shot win over Frenchman Gregory Havret with Ernie Els a shot further back alone in third. Dustin Johnson, the American who had carried a three shot lead into the final round, suffered a horrendous final round of 82, his train crash coming at the very start of the final round as he went triple bogey, double bogey, bogey from the second hole in a horrible public disintegration.

Yet, amid all the turmoil, McDowell stayed cool and calm and completed a job which had started last Thursday when, despite winning the Wales Open in his last start, he had sneaked in a little under the radar. But not those closely associated with him, as caddie Kenny Comboy – a faithful bagman for the last four years – and his manager, Conor Ridge, of Dublin-based Horizon Sports, along with his father, Kenny, were all on hand to provide backup.

Of course, McDowell himself was a tower of strength, a fervent believer in his own ability. And, when the tough questions were asked, he was more capable than anyone of delivering the appropriate answer. In a stunning endorsement of the health of Irish golf, McDowell’s win gave Ireland its fourth major title of the last 12 stretching back to Pádraig Harrington’s ground-breaking win at Carnoustie in 2007. McDowell became the first Northern Ireland winner since Fred Daly, at the British Open in 1947.

Oh, what a day. It produced compelling drama from early on, with Ernie Els and Tiger Woods among those to carve balls out in to the Pacific Ocean.

With Johnson’s challenge disintegrating before his very eyes, McDowell’s main challenger turned out to be the Frenchman Havret, a player who had booked his place in the field at a play-off in the international qualifier at Walton Heath outside London earlier in the month. McDowell had earned his place in the field by staying inside the world’s Top-50 after the BMW PGA at Wentworth and, since then, had finished fourth in the Madrid Masters and won the Wales Open.

For the final round, he arrived with a serene calmness which was necessary on those early holes as Johnson’s advantage disappeared and then became a deficit. McDowell’s run of four successive pars was followed by a 12-foot birdie on the fifth and, with that, he had grasped control of his own destiny. And, boy, did he refuse to let it go. He was like an Irish Wolfhound given a bone and he held onto it for dear life.

Els may want to curse the 17th hole, which cost him five shots over the championship. Mickelson might wonder about Saturday’s third round, and where the magic of the previous day went. Woods, likewise, failed to reproduce his magic of Saturday. But the US Open more than any other championship produces the winner who plays the best for all four rounds and, on this occasion, it was Mr Graeme McDowell from Portrush, Co Antrim.

He follows in the famous steps of those who have won here. Jack Nicklaus in 1972. Tom Watson in 1982. Tom Kite in 1992. Tiger Woods in 2000

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. it’s an indication of how far his star has risen that McDowell’s march onto the podium was accepted by one and all as a worthy step.

In an emotional moment of the 18th green, McDowell said: “My mom (Marian) is in Spain, so I hopoe she’s watching. My dad (Kenny) is in the crowd. Obviously, a proud moment to have him here. I’ve so many great friends here this week, and so many Irish people in the crowd cheering me on

. .. I don’t know what it is about the Irish, they just seem to get everywhere.”

McDowell bogeyed the 14th – driving into a fairway bunker down the right – and the Par 3 17th, again finding sand, but played the Par 5 18th like a veteran. Displaying nerves of steel and a keen mindset, aware that Havret up ahead had failed to birdie the hole, McDowell – on the fairway with his tee shot – was debating whether to go for the green in two. He had 220 yards to the green. Aware of Havret’s play, he changed his mind and gave himself a lay-up of 99 yards. He pitched to 20 feet and two-putted for par and the famous trophy was his.

At one stage of the round, after bogeying the 10th, he allowed himself a peak at a scoreboard. “I saw no-one was going crazy. I couldn’t believe that. I really just tried to stay calm on the back nine and I really did. I did a great job of it. There’s bogeys out there no matter how good you play. Mr (Mike) Davis sets an unbelievable golf course up. It was fair. Good golf got rewarded, and bad golf got punished pretty badly.”

He added: “I really just tried to concentrate on my game, and I can’t believe I’m standing here with this thing right now. It’s an absolute dream come true. I’ve dreamed of this all my life, two putts to win the US Open. I couldn’t believe I actually had a 20-footer to do that today and, wow, this thing feels amazing.”

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posted Jun 21, 2010

Congratulations to Mr Mac (can't bring myself to use 'Gmac') for a very well thought out and played final round. Anyone else here disappointed though that the Great White Hopes of the European Tour failed to perform; Donald, Casey, Westwood, Poulter etc?

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posted Jun 21, 2010

what will his world ranking be, great nerve.this is why english players wont win(less chance) majors as talent matters,it is all about the mind and how you deal with it,i'm afraid players like casey,and westwood dont have that killer instinct,they cant keep there composure

look at cabrera at the us open 07 and masters 2009,he held back a charging woods and furyk,he held himself togather for a par at the last and went on to crush perry in the playoff in augusta

it how you handle pressure and how pressure lifts your game.

well done graeme now the world is your oyster

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posted Jun 21, 2010

Fantastic to win a major and how much pressure must be have felt? No accidental win.

Graeme comes from the same town as the last NI major winner (Fred Daly), Portrush. It's a small corner of N Ireland but firmly on the map.

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comment by Daffy (U14286580)

posted Jun 21, 2010

Not my ideal winner but fair play to him, he played well.

Please don't call him GMac though, it's cringeworthy, he's not 17 and from the ghetto! grr

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posted Jun 21, 2010

Big congrats to Graeme.

Els, Big Phil and Tiger all did their best not to win.

Big bonus is that Poulter blew it completely again. Can't stand the guy so no tears on that one.

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comment by Daffy (U14286580)

posted Jun 21, 2010

He is world ranked 13 now, it pains me to say.

Harrington is now only the 3rd best Irishman.

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comment by earlsy (U12716365)

posted Jun 21, 2010

Poor old Johnson! I hope all the people who knock the British and European players remember that it is not only they who implode on final rounds...

Fantastic result for McDowell - he really held it together at the end.

By the way, is he British or Irish? Is it true that people from Northern Ireland can effectively choose their nationality?

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posted Jun 21, 2010

Excellent result. I've always thought he'd have the cohones to win a big one.

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posted Jun 21, 2010

A magnificent effort from McDowell on a really testing course. I must admit that I doubted he would hold it together over the back 9, but delighted he proved me wrong. Another one who will now be a super-confident member of the Ryder Cup side. Shaping up very nicely on that front.

Also very well played by Havret. ok

Now it must be time for another strong black coffee ...

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posted Jun 21, 2010

It gave me a nice surprise to wake up this morning and see this. Watched his first 7 holes last night before bed. Johnson absolutely imploded. But fair Play well done G-Mac.

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posted Jun 21, 2010

Graeme did brilliantly. It can't have been easy to concentrate on his own game whilst seeing his playing partner blow up so spectacularly. I was worried when he threw his club at his golf bag and thought he might do a Poulter but he held his game together whilst all around him were losing their cool. Should be a good week in Portrush shouldn't it?

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posted Jun 21, 2010

Great stuff from McDowell...was up till half two this morning night rooting for him.

Once curious thing about the TV coverage.... I don't think I saw one shot of Alex Cejka's during his round. Yet he was -1 to the turn for his round on the day and I was thinking wouldn't it be strange if he's put together a couple of birdies rather than bogies in his back nine... we could have ended up with a situation where a main contender for the title was not seen on our screens until the 14th or 15th hole yikes


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posted Jun 21, 2010

Sod the WC. I'm so pleased for Graeme.

After 40 years since a European let alone a Brit won this event. I can't believe the England team dominate the sports news.

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posted Jun 21, 2010

Just seen the highlights - gutsy drive off the last by McDowell, especially after coming off a bogey on 17.

And then to give a thumbs up and tell the camera "it's fun, right" as he strolled up the fairway showed he must have been mentally, reasonably composed.

Would have been interesting to see how he would have approached his second, had Havret drained his 10-foot birdie putt.

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posted Jun 21, 2010

Too right. If they had half the mental strength of our US open winner these overpaid wind bags might actually achieve something

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posted Jun 21, 2010

Well done Graeme. You did Northern Ireland proud. You had all the nerve, determination and clinical know how of a true Ulsterman in a situation where other so called big stars failed miserably.

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posted Jun 21, 2010

I think Graeme would consider himself Irish,Johnny2Saints but lets not argue over that.I fell asleep at the end of the front 9 but woke up on the 15th so I got to see him lift the trophy.A great victory for him.

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comment by Lairdy (U2728317)

posted Jun 21, 2010

Very well done to Graeme!! bubbly was delighted to see him lift the trophy on sky+ at breakfast.

Johnny I second that comment. I eagerly tuned into R5L for my half an hours drive in to work this morning and only mention of Graeme's win was on the news section. Then had to listen to pundits trying to dissect JT's press conferences etc. Effectively making news out of nothing.

Shame on you BBC for not providing more news on this story. Must be the biggest sports story around the world this morning. No?

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comment by G (U14497788)

posted Jun 21, 2010

Fantastic win for Graeme McDowell. He really knucked down on a tense final round to get the win. I half expected his round to fall apart as so often happens to contenders on the final day of the US Open but he was fantastic. Congrats G-Mac, an excellent win and I hope there are more big wins to come for you. applausestout

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posted Jun 21, 2010

Excellent result indeed. I thought I would mention his coach (as no one else ever seems to) Pete Cowen. Over the last two weeks team Cowen have had three winners Thomas Bjorn, Lee Westwood and now Graeme McDowell.

It looks like Pete Cowen and Michael Walker will be coaching the Ryder Cup team!!!

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posted Jun 21, 2010

Totally agree Jonny this really cheered me up after reading about the WC up all weekend.. What a win, the pressure must have been immense and he really handled it well. Which Brit will win next? My money is on Casey or McIlroy

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posted Jun 21, 2010

This is a feat that Seve or Faldo never achieved and we are hearing about John Terry's press conference.

I'm saying this bearing in mind I am football nuts. Better at golf but football just comes first.

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comment by nwr (U14527789)

posted Jun 21, 2010

Sat up until the very end as I hoped i would see history being made and Graeme didnt dissappoint (a few nervous moments aside). Its been a long time since 1947 and the last Northern Irish Major winner and to win it at one of the toughest courses in golf makes it all the sweeter.

Well done to Graeme

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comment by nwr (U14527789)

posted Jun 21, 2010

Yes earlsy we can select which nationality we wish to be classed as or we can have dual nationality and carry both a british and an irish passport.

Whatever Graemes beliefs are i think he is proud of his roots and a proud Northern Irishman and he should be proud off his achievements as he did us all proud throughout the 4 days of the US Open.

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posted Jun 21, 2010

Alright then.

It's great for a European to win.

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posted Jun 21, 2010

It doesn't matter what nationality he is, i think he would call himself a pround Northern Irishman and Irishman.

Irish is obviously a generic term and it is some thing that lost of Northern Irish people use when they abroad, purely because lots of people don't realise that there even is a Northern Ireland.

I remember from living in Australia that after a few months, i gave up saying i was from northern ireland as no one understood.

Fantastic performance, and politics shouldn't be brought into it - at the end of the end of the day he was born in northern ireland, which is part of the island of ireland, even if it is split politically.

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posted Jun 21, 2010

Only thing that annoys me is that I had DJ on an e/w bet a few weeks back!

Where's that hitman? grr

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posted Jun 21, 2010

BBC AND SKY hyped up CW'S win last week moe than mac's triumph

it shows the true colours of tHe sad english Media

laugh

C westwood wont win a major

FACT ok

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comment by nwr (U14527789)

posted Jun 21, 2010

i agree sirlemons11

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comment by Ronan (U14350058)

posted Jun 21, 2010

Well done Graeme, the people of Ireland are proud as punch. It's just a crying shame that your victory will be over-shadowed by England and their WC disgrace.
How and ever, nerves of steel, a true gent and professional, and a very worthy champion. Maith an fear Graeme! Bualadh bos...

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comment by nwr (U14527789)

posted Jun 21, 2010

It is a shame that you tune into BBC breakfast programme this morning and they spend most of the time in the sport part talking about sorry england and how they are going to fail in their attemps to win the world cup yet again 44 years on from 1966 at least i thinks thats when they won it they dont mention it too often. Instead of what i believe should have been the main story which was the fact that the first european in 40 years won the US Open last night n/m the fact he was from these isles... and it achieved a bit part role in the sports new section.

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posted Jun 21, 2010

What a terrific performance by Graeme, hes been in the shadow of Rory for a bit , but has been playing outstanding golf for some time.
This was a white knuckle event in the toughest course I have ever watched , it was diabolical and took many scalps of some of the best golfers of all time.
Graeme started out great and finished even greater, holding his nerve when so many in similar position lost theirs in past.
Most of all I admired his lack of over fist pumping and in your face exuberance that can be a bit over the top, he is a modest man with little to be modest about but its refreshing.
As a fellow Irishman , naturally I had a wee dram before going to bed . WHAT A GREAT KID giving his dad the best present a dad could get on fathers day.

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posted Jun 21, 2010

It was leading the website this morning when I got in at 6am and was still there at 9am. ok

and LJ - gutted for you, although it was pretty funny watching the implosion. McDowell did well to keep his concentration while Dustin played like me.

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posted Jun 21, 2010

GMac's victory at Pebble Beach was made possible by his experience of growing up and playing on one of the greatest courses in the world - Royal Portush.

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comment by Daffy (U14286580)

posted Jun 21, 2010

Of course it was Beltrae, I wonder what went wrong with Darren Clarke? erm

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posted Jun 21, 2010

Peter it was enough to turn me to the hard drink! hangover

winkeye

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posted Jun 21, 2010

Congrats to Graeme.
This serves as another wake-up call for Harrington - only the 3rd best Irish player now by form.
Get your act together!

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posted Jun 21, 2010

Thanks for all your LiveTexting Peter, high time you took over the weekend too.

Terrific stuff by Graeme McDowell and Gregory Havret, Dustin Johnson perhaps done in by a 20-second ruling. Wonder if that would have happened to Tiger Woods?
Well done also to Lee Westwood for hanging in there when the rest of the English contingent went awol, Casey, Donald, McGowan, Poulter.

A Masters ticket for Havret will be his reward, Cejka, Sneds also, plus return trips to US Open fun, at Congressional.

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posted Jun 21, 2010

Darren Clarke isn't from Portrush. He's from Dungannon and certainly didn't grow up playing Portrush. He did play it a bit during the summer holidays and, of course, his sadly deceased wife was a Portrush girl. He later was given live membership of Portrush and had (maybe still has) a house in the town.

Graeme is Portrush through and through.

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posted Jun 21, 2010

Ezio - you really haven't got a clue have you? Darren Clarke is from Dungannon in Co. Tyrone. Pretty much on the other side of Northern Ireland from Portrush.

You type faster than your brain works - which is pretty obvious from your posts.

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comment by slasher (U7328591)

posted Jun 21, 2010

3rd Irish man to win a major in golf, well done Graeme ! So delighted for the guy, really deserved it too. Such a fantastic player when he is in full stride, more tournament wins to come. Great asset for the ryder cup too

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posted Jun 21, 2010

Thanks Kwini for your kind words blush. I've not made the selection for the Open (doing Tour de France live text instead if you like your cycling and can manage to divert your eyes from St Andrews?!)

Might be back for USPGA and Ryder Cup though.

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comment by Daffy (U14286580)

posted Jun 21, 2010

You misunderstood me

The post is clearly attributing his win to playing Royal Portrush, Darren Clarke grew up playing similar types of courses, but didn't win a US Open, did he? I never said he was FROM Potrush or played it growing up, did I?

Do you wait for me to post then jump on everything I say?

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posted Jun 21, 2010

Links golf ?
The first time I ever hit a ball on a real course was Portrush while on the famous easter break there Dave Glover dance band etc.
Actually I played with a group of hard drinking youth , one of which was a one legged one armed player ( train accident ) we were not very good or very sober , but boy did we have fun !!
Wish I was over there to celebrate !!

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posted Jun 21, 2010

I thought Clarke always seemed to struggle mentally. He could play some stunning golf, but if things started to go wrong, he would lose confidence, and over four rounds in a major, things are bound to go wrong.

Looking at GMac (he calls himself that, by the way), he looked so confident right from the start, and he was able to forget about the poor shots and move on, still playing his own game.

Well done Graeme, Portrush is proud of you.

Ezio, Graeme actually talks about how he grew up playing Portrush, and playing in the wind, and how it has helped prepare him for most conditions and most courses in the world, so I think our great course can feel rightly proud of him now.

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comment by Daffy (U14286580)

posted Jun 21, 2010

Yes I understand that UlsterBob, but the point I was making was that it's not the single reason he won, which was the point that was being made.

So Darren CLarke grew up playing inland parkland courses did he, and was less prepared for 'most conditions and courses'?

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