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Graeme McDowell wins European Golf Writers' Trophy

Graeme McDowell
Graeme McDowell is the first Northern Ireland winner of the Writers' Trophy

Graeme McDowell has become the first player from Northern Ireland to win the Golf Writers' Trophy.

Europe's Ryder Cup team were second in the poll, European Tour number one Martin Kaymer third, and world number one Lee Westwood in fourth.

McDowell from Portrush made history by becoming the first European winner of the US Open since Tony Jacklin in 1970.

He then scored the winning point for Europe at the Ryder Cup and beat Tiger Woods in a Chevron Challenge play-off.

The 31-year-old McDowell, who shared the European Tour Golfer of the Year award with Kaymer, also won the Wales Open at Celtic Manor and the Andalucia Masters at Valderrama.

"I am hugely honoured to win such a prestigious award and especially in a year when European golf as a whole has achieved such amazing things," said McDowell.

"To win a major championship and to hole the winning putt in the Ryder Cup, these are absolute, ultimate golfing dreams for me.

"It has definitely been a life-changing experience the last few months and I feel incredibly lucky.

"I can't get my head around it for sure now, but I feel fortunate and privileged that I have had the opportunity.

"Every golfer wants to win majors, but the Ryder Cup was another stratosphere - trying to win it not just for me, but for 11 team-mates, for Colin, for all those fans, for Europe.

"I have never been so nervous. That 16th hole, they were the three greatest shots of my career.

"Under that pressure it was an amazing feeling, particularly as I was told on the fairway before I hit my second shot, that a half-point would not be enough and that I needed to win the match."

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see also
McDowell wins BBC Sport NI award
08 Dec 10 |  Golf
McDowell & Kaymer land Euro award
07 Dec 10 |  Golf
McDowell now seventh in rankings
06 Dec 10 |  Golf
McDowell seals Cup win for Europe
04 Oct 10 |  Golf
McDowell in historic US Open win
21 Jun 10 |  Golf

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