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Graeme McDowell & Martin Kaymer share European award

Graeme McDowell and Martin Kaymer
McDowell and Kaymer with their respective US Open and USPGA trophies

Graeme McDowell and Martin Kaymer have been named joint winners of the 2010 European Tour Golfer of the Year award.

They both won their first major titles, McDowell the US Open and Kaymer the USPGA, won four times each and played on Europe's victorious Ryder Cup team.

Northern Ireland's McDowell secured the final point to beat the United States in the Ryder Cup while Germany's Kaymer won the "Race to Dubai" money list.

"It's the icing on the cake on what has been a special year," said McDowell.

It is the first time in the 26-year history of the award, which is voted for by writers and commentators, that it has been shared.

McDowell, who became Europe's first US Open champion in 40 years, moved up to a career-high seventh in the world rankings after coming from four shots behind to beat Tiger Woods in a play-off to win the Chevron World Challenge in California on Sunday.

And the 31-year-old added: "It is an honour to share this award with a player of Martin's calibre. He is one of the best players of our generation and I am sure will enjoy many more successes in the years to come.

"I achieved many of my dreams this season and feel fortunate to have enjoyed some very special moments.

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"However, the highlight of the year for me was being a part of the winning European Ryder Cup team.

"There is nothing quite like the atmosphere of the Ryder Cup and the experience of playing for both your team-mates and the European fans under the most extreme pressure.

"I hope that I am lucky enough to play in many more successful teams in the future."

Kaymer became Europe's youngest number one golfer for 21 years, by securing top spot in the money list at the season-ending Dubai World Championship.

The 25-year-old recorded 10 top 10 finishes on the European Tour and in August, he beat American Bubba Watson in a play-off for the USPGA title in Whistling Straits, Wisconsin.

He said: "This has been a truly great year for me and winning this award is the perfect ending.

"It is recognition for my performances in 2010 and to be voted for by the golfing media, the people who watch and report on our sport throughout the year, makes me feel very proud.

"I am always trying to follow in Bernhard Langer's footsteps and to see that I have now won an award that he was the first to win back in 1985 is very satisfying indeed. But he is still many steps ahead of me!

"Graeme deserves this recognition as much as I do.

"His winning match in the Ryder Cup was huge for all of Europe and for both of us to now make history in terms of sharing this award for the first time represents a very proud moment for both our families and also shows how strong European golf is right now."



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