Also known as:G-Mac
Born:July 30, 1979 in Portrush, Co. Antrim, N. Ireland.
Original/Home Club:Rathmore GC (playing on the Valley course, Royal Portrush GC).
Occupation:Professional golfer; restaurateur.
MAJORS (1): US Open (2010). Walker Cup player (2001). Ryder Cup player (2008, '10, '12, '14). Multiple wins on the European, US PGA and Asian Tours. Appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire, MBE (2011).
As an amateur Graeme McDowell studied at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. In 2002 he received the Haskins Award, as the No.1 ranked collegiate golfer in the USA. He won 6 out of 12 events with a stroke average of 69.6, beating the previous scoring average records set by Luke Donald and Tiger Woods. | Graeme is often referred to as "G-Mac".
Played as the Saudi International powered by SoftBank Investment Advisers (Jan 30-Feb 2; Eurpn Tr event). Second-placed Dustin Johnson (USA) finished 2 shots behind McDowell (N.Ire), who claimed his 11th European Tour win and first since 2014. [Royal Greens G&CC, King Abdullah EC, Saudi Arabia].
Played as the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship (March 28-31). Second-placed Mackenzie Hughes (Can) and Chris Stroud (USA) finished 1 shot behind McDowell (N.Ire). [Corales course, Puntacana Resort, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic].
Played as the OHL Classic at Mayakoba (Nov 12-15, 2015; PGA Tour 2015/16 season). McDowell (N.Ire) beat Russell Knox (Scot) and Jason Bohn (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole (par-4 18th). Monday finish required after bad weather during the weekend. [El Camaleón course, Mayakoba Resort, Riviera Maya, Mexico].
Played as the Alstom Open de France (July 3-6). Second-placed Thongchai Jaidee (Thai) and Kevin Stadler (USA) finished 1 shot behind defending champion McDowell (N.Ire). McDowell came from 8 shots behind Stadler, who held a four shot lead going into the final round. [Albatros course, Golf National, Guyancourt, nr Paris].
Played as the RBC Heritage (April 18-21). McDowell (N.Ire) beat Webb Simpson (USA) with a par at the first playoff hole. [Harbour Town Links, Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head, SC].
Played as the Volvo World Match Play Championship (May 16-19). McDowell (N.Ire) beat Thongchai Jaidee (Thai) 2 and 1 in the 18-hole final. [Thracian Cliffs G&BC, Kavarna, Bulgaria].
Played as the Alstom Open de France (July 4-7). Second-placed Richard Sterne (RSA) finished 4 shots behind McDowell (N.Ire). [Albatros course, Golf National, Guyancourt, nr Paris].
Played as the World Challenge presented by Northwestern Mutual (Nov 29-Dec 2; unofficial PGA Tour money event, hosted by Tiger Woods). Second-placed Keegan Bradley (USA) finished 3 shots behind McDowell (N.Ire). [Sherwood CC, Thousand Oaks, nr LA, Calif.].
Played as the Celtic Manor Wales Open on the Twenty Ten course (June 3-6). Second-placed Rhys Davies (Wales) finished 3 shots behind McDowell (N.Ire), who shot a final round 63 in response to Davies's final round and course record 62. [Twenty Ten course, Celtic Manor Resort, Newport, South Wales].
Played as the Chevron World Challenge (Dec 2-5; unofficial PGA Tour money event, hosted by Tiger Woods). McDowell (N.Ire) beat Tiger Woods (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. The result left Tiger without a win in 2010, his first winless season since turning professional in 1996. [Sherwood CC, Thousand Oaks, nr LA, Calif.].
Played as the inaugural Andalucía Valderrama Masters (Oct 28-31). Second-placed Søren Kjeldsen (Den), Gareth Maybin (N.Ire) and Damien McGrane (Ire) finished 2 shots behind McDowell (N.Ire). [Valderrama GC, San Roque, Spain].
Graeme McDowell (N.Ire) and Martin Kaymer (Ger) jointly won the European Tour Race to Dubai Golfer of the Year Award, determined by a panel of representatives from the European Tour, golf writers, and TV and radio commentators. The panel felt both players achieved equally outstanding results in 2010.
The US Open (110th) (June 17-20). Second-placed Gregory Havret (Fra) finished 1 shot behind first-time major championship winner McDowell (N.Ire). [Pebble Beach Golf Links, Monterey Peninsula, CA].
Played as the Barclays Scottish Open (July 10-13). Second-placed James Kingston (RSA) finished 2 shots behind McDowell (N.Ire). [Loch Lomond GC, Luss, Dunbartonshire].
Played as the inaugural Ballantine's Championship (March 13-16; Asian/Eurpn Trs event). Graeme McDowell (N.Ire) beat Jeev Milkha Singh (India) with a birdie at the third playoff hole. [Pinx GC, Jeju Island, S Korea].
Played as the Telecom Italian Open (Apr 29-May 2). McDowell (N.Ire) beat Thomas Levet (Fr) with a par at the fourth playoff hole. Reduced to 54 holes due to rain. [Castello Tolcinasco GC, Pieve Emanuele, nr Milan].
Played as the Volvo Scandinavian Masters (Aug 1-4). Second-placed Trevor Immelman (RSA) finished 1 shot behind 23-year-old McDowell (N.Ire), who recorded his first European Tour win in only his fourth start on the Tour. [King's course, Kungsängen GC, nr Stockholm].
US Women's PGA Championship: located just outside Philadelphia, the famed Donald Ross layout of Aronimink Golf Club hosts the third women’s major championship of 2020 (Oct 8-11).
Scottish Open: first played in 1972, this year’s championship is again played on the Tom Doak-designed Renaissance Club course, which sits alongside mighty Muirfield in East Lothian (Oct 1-4).
Jim Furyk: in winning the Pure Insurance Championship at Pebble Beach Golf Links, “The Grinder” joined Arnold Palmer and Bruce Fleisher as the only players to win their first two starts on the PGA Tour Champions.
Georgia Hall: recorded her first win in an LPGA Tour event on American soil at this year’s Portland Classic, played at Columbia Edgewater Country Club … on the edge of the Columbia River.
Traigh Golf Course (pronounced "try", and meaning "beach" in Gaelic): You'll find this nine-hole seaside gem on the scenic coast road (as opposed to the more inland and quicker A830) between Arisaig and Morar. Although not on the well-beaten path of Scotland's "trophy" courses, if you are passing through this area, it's a must play.
Cullen Links Golf Club: "immensely scenic", "quirky as golf can get", "short!", "hugely enjoyable" ... Cullen Links attracts as wide a variety of comments as it lays down golfing challenges. Shoehorned into this 4,600 yard treasure trove are ten par-3s, seven par-4s and a good-length par-5. Here you'll find all the seaside scenery a golfer could ask for, and a lot more besides. Read More...
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