Ended a 40 year wait for a European winner of the US Open when he claimed his first Major title over the famous links at Pebble Beach in June 2010. His historic victory was at the time only the second Major triumph by a player from Northern Ireland, following Fred Daly’s victory at The 1947 Open Championship. It was also the first US Open success by a European since Tony Jacklin in 1970. McDowell’s victory in California was his second win in consecutive appearances as two weeks earlier he captured the Celtic Manor Wales Open with rounds of 64-63 over the weekend on the Twenty Ten Course, where he three months later held his nerve against Hunter Mahan to seal victory for Europe in The Ryder Cup. Was again in the team for the 2012 contest, claiming one point from four as Europe made a remarkable final-day comeback to win, and played another prominent role in a European Ryder Cup victory at Gleneagles in Scotland, where he won all three of his matches.
Enjoyed more success early in 2013, winning the RBC Heritage on the US PGA Tour then the Volvo World Match Play Championship a few weeks later, beating Thongchai Jaidee in the final in Bulgaria. Added another title at the Alstom Open de France in July, winning by four shots with a final round 67 - a feat he was to repeat in 2014, when he came from eight shots back going into the final day, to successfully defend his title. Captured the inaugural Ballantine’s Championship in March 2008, sparking a terrific season that yielded a second victory at the Barclays Scottish Open and a Ryder Cup debut at Valhalla Golf Club. Won his maiden European Tour title on only his fourth start in the 2002 Scandinavian Masters and confirmed that potential by finishing sixth on the Order of Merit in 2004, after capturing his second Tour victory in the Telecom Italia Open. In a stellar amateur career he played a prominent role in Great Britain and Ireland’s retention of the Walker Cup in 2001 and, while studying at the University of Alabama, was ranked Number One Collegiate Golfer in the United States – from 12 starts he won six events with a stroke average of 69.6, beating the previous best returned by Luke Donald and Tiger Woods. The middle child of three brothers, he picked up a golf club for the first time aged seven. Awarded an MBE in the 2010 New Year’s Honours List.