2010 US Open Champion is Graeme McDowell – Since 1947, McDowell has become the first Northern Irishman to win one of golf’s majors. “Careers are defined by majors and my career’s off and running,” he said. “To join Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Tom Kite and Tiger Woods as Pebble Beach winners; I’m not quite sure if I belong in that list, but, hey, I’m there now.” – BBC Sports.
His victory lifts him from 37th to 13th in the world rankings. He is the first European to win the US Open since Tony Jacklin won at Hazeltine in 1970 and only the second Northern Irishman to win a major, following Fred Daly’s victory at the Open in 1947.
He started the final round three shots behind Dustin Johnson and managed to keep his nerve, carding a final round 74 for a level-par total, while his American playing partner imploded with an 11-over par of 82 to slip down to eighth.
His trophy has become his father’s day gift to his father who is present in the tournament.