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, "G-Mac" as he is often called, 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.
In 2022, aged 42, McDowell was enticed onto Greg Norman's "rebel" LIV Golf series. Bankrolled by Saudi Arabia, this breakaway rival to the main international tours offered massive prize funds, guaranteed payouts and, for some, eye-watering signing-on bonuses. With one major championship to his name but few recent main tour wins, McDowell joined LIV Golf alongside a few other notable "ageing" golf stars, and an abundance of lower-ranked "unknowns".
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 Graeme 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 Graeme 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). Graeme 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 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 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 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 Graeme 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 Graeme McDowell (N.Ire), who recorded his fifth European Tour win. In the final round McDowell shot a 63 in response to Davies's 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). Graeme 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 Graeme 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 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 Barclays Scottish Open (July 10-13). Second-placed James Kingston (RSA) finished 2 shots behind Graeme McDowell (N.Ire). [Loch Lomond GC, Luss, Dunbartonshire].
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 Graeme 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].
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