Graeme McDowell is a professional golfer who hails from the British territory of Northern Ireland who is currently a member of both the PGA Tour as well as the European Tour.
The Northern Irishman’s claim to fame was when he went on to win the US Open in 2010 at Pebble Beach, ending a 40 year drought for European golfers at the tournament and breaking the monotony of the American golfers in the event.
Born in a middle class family in Northern Ireland, McDowell started playing golf from a very young age and he was trained during this time by his uncle. McDowell played as a senior in the Rathmore Senior Cup when he was just 14 years old. His education includes a course in engineering at the University of Belfast, often referred to as Queen’s University before he transferred to the University of Alabama in Birmingham where Graeme McDowell played collegiate golf, earning a huge reputation for himself. He went on to win the Haskins Award, given to the best collegiate golfer in the United States in 2002.
McDowell was also a member of the Great Britain and Ireland team in the Walker Cup in 2001, which they retained at Sea Island, Georgia. Turning professional in 2002, McDowell immediately made a splash in the professional circuit as he won the Volvo Scandinavian Masters at the end of that year in just his fourth start on the European Tour.
When Graeme McDowell lifted the US Open trophy in 2010, he became the first European in 40 years as well as the first ever golfer from the Northern Ireland to win the coveted title. He also became the first British golfer to win a Major championship on the PGA Tour since that feat was accomplished by Paul Lawrie back in 1999.