Focus on Graeme McDowell

Graeme McDowell was born in Portrush, North Ireland, on the 30 of July 1979 to catholic/protestant parents. Since the early age of 8 he played with Rathmore Golf club. He was coached by his own uncle, Uel Loughery. When he was just 14 years old he played the senior cup for Rathmore.

Graeme McDowell attended college at Queen’s University in Belfast; he then transferred to the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Through the spring of 2002 he played golf for his college. In 2002, McDowell won six out of twelve college events and the Haskins award. The Walker Cup team which won in 2001 at the Sea Island, Georgia included him as a member. This is an evidence of a successful golfing career as an amateur in both Ireland and America.

Graeme McDowell started playing professional golf on 2002 and his professional golf career got a brilliant kick start, his first victory came in that season’s Volvo Scandinavian Masters on the European tour. Due to this victory he was rewarded the honorary life membership at the Royal Portrush Golf Club. In his third season he won the Telecom Italia Open and bagged the sixth position on the European Tour’s order of merit. Though not a full member of the PGA Tour his continuous good performances ensure that he is invited to play in many American events. He finished a tied-second in the Bay Hill Invitational.

Then in 2008 he won both the Ballantine’s Championship in South Korea and the Barclays Scottish Open. He was also a member of the Ryder Cup team that represented England. At the end of the season he was ranked 5th on the order of merit. In 2010 he achieved his fifth European win when he claimed the Celtic Manor Wales Open by three shots. This victory was followed by another in the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach and the Ryder Cup at Celtic 2010 Ryder Cup win.

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