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Graeme McDowell to receive university honorary degrees

Graeme McDowell
Graeme McDowell with the US Open trophy after his Pebble Beach triumph

US Open champion and Ryder Cup hero Graeme McDowell is to get honorary degrees from the University of Ulster and Queen's University.

The Portrush golfer will receive a Doctor of Science (DSc) degree at a ceremony in the New Year.

Speaking from Valderrama on Wednesday, McDowell revealed that he will also be conferred with an honorary degree from Queen's University.

McDowell is in Spain to compete at this week's Andalucia Masters.

The Portrush golfer's US Open triumph at Pebble Beach in June saw him become the first Northern Ireland man to win a major since Fred Daly's 1947 Open win.

The US Open champion went on to clinch the winning point for Europe at the Ryder Cup earlier this month.

"We are delighted that Graeme has accepted an honorary doctorate," said University of Ulster Vice Chancellor, Professor Richard Barnett.

"He is a local lad who through passion and determination has achieved excellence on the international stage.

"He has been a terrific ambassador for Northern Ireland, Irish and European golf and has fulfilled the potential that many saw in him when he won the Ulster Boys Championship in 1996 and later the Haskins Award as the top collegiate golfer in the United States in 2002.

"I know people in his home club of Rathmore, in the Borough of Coleraine and Graeme's family are justifiably proud of his achievements - particularly at Pebble Beach where he became the first European winner of the US Open since Tony Jacklin's triumph in 1970 and only the second European winner since 1925.

"As a university which is developing a strong reputation for nurturing golf talent and whose students recently enjoyed success in the European Universities Golf Championship in the Algarve, we are delighted Graeme will be joining Darren Clarke who received an honorary doctorate from us in 2002.

"The University's golf programme also enjoys links to the Royal and Ancient Golf Club at St Andrews, the K Club and the Ulster branch of the Golf Union of Ireland."

As well as being passionate about golf, Graeme McDowell is equally passionate about two charities - the Multiple Sclerosis Society Northern Ireland and the international humanitarian charity GOAL.

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