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Graeme McDowell
Graeme made his professional debut in June.

Turning pro

After three years in Alabama the time came for Graeme to join the professional ranks.

The decision making process was speeded up by sponsor invitations to three tournaments in England and Ireland on the European Tour during June.

"I have known for the last three or four years that I was going to turn pro," said Graeme.

"It was more a matter of when rather than if and it came down to a few different options

"It was based basically on the fact that I was able to get sponsor invitations in June to the Irish Open, European Open and Great North Open.

"I had three invitations in a row so it was an easy decision in the end and winning the tournament makes it even more important that I turned pro at this time and in hindsight it was the right decision."





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