PEBBLE BEACH, California: The talented Britain’s Graeme McDowell maintained his composure in tough scoring match to end a 40-year title drought by Europeans at the US Open. Graeme made history for his gutsy one-shot victory on Sunday that made him to be the first European to win since 1970.
European’s are struggling to win a championship despite of their supreme talent. Before Jacklin in 1970, the last European to win the U.S. Open was Tommy Armour from Scotland in 1927, and Fred Daly was the last Northern Irishman to win a major championship in 1947 British Open.
McDowell controlled the game after a shocking collapse by Dustin Johnson. The 30-years old he Northern Irishman ground out a three-over-par 74 at a windy Pebble Beach Golf Links. Havret of France won finished second, Ernie Els of South Africa came in third, and infamous Tiger Woods and Master champion Phil Mickelson finished in a tie for fourth, three strokes off the lead.
Dustin Johnson was really struggling in the final game, he took a triple bogey on the second hole to lose all of his three-shot lead, and a double bogey on the next hole ended his dream to become a champion.
McDowell gracefully finished the match with only one birdie — an 8-foot birdie putt on the fifth hole — and he made another history by his final round of 74, which is the highest closing round by a winner in the past 25 years.
“I’ve dreamed of this all my life, two putts to win the US Open. A few pints of Guinness will probably go down around now,” he said of his supporters back in his mother land Northern Ireland watching on television.
“It’s been a long time coming, but boy was it good,” Ken McDowell said during his interview off the 18th green. “He’s been playing so well, but you don’t think he’s going to win a major with all those names there. I never would have dreamed this, but miracles happen, don’t they?”