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Northern Ireland Plain Joe (or Graham) Wins Open!

Old 06-20-2010, 07:34 PM
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Don't know if any of you watched this today - but does this guy kind of remind you of Daly? Not the looks of course, but the common-man angle?

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Graeme McDowell Wins US Open at Pebble Beach
PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- In a U.S. Open filled with golf's biggest stars, it was Graeme McDowell who played like one.

McDowell seized control after a shocking collapse by Dustin Johnson, then failed to get flustered with Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els lined up behind him. The 30-year-old from Northern Ireland wasn't perfect, but he was good enough.

He closed with a 3-over 74 to become the first European in 40 years to capture the U.S. Open, getting an embrace on the 18th green from his father, who spoke for thousands who watched this unlikely Open unfold along the Pacific coastline.

"You're something, kid," Kenny McDowell said.

It was a final round no one expected.

Johnson took a triple bogey on the second hole to lose all of his three-shot lead, and a double bogey on the next hole ended his hopes. Three of the biggest stars of this generation were right there, ready to continue the lineage of great champions at Pebble Beach, only to play far below their expectations.

McDowell made only one birdie -- an 8-foot birdie putt on the fifth hole -- and his final round was the highest score by a U.S. Open champion since Andy North in 1985.

No matter. It added up to a one-shot victory over another surprise contender, Gregory Havret of France, who shot 72.

"I can't believe I'm standing with this right now," McDowell said, posing with silver trophy. "It's a dream come true. I've been dreaming it all my life. Two putts to win the U.S. Open. Can't believe it happened."

Woods couldn't believe it, either.

Poised to end six months of bad publicity over a shattered personal life, he bogeyed five of his first 10 holes and took himself out of contention with a 75.

Els and Mickelson hung around a little longer, and both had their chances, but neither hit the kind of shots that win the U.S. Open.
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Possibly one of the worst final rounds in a Major ever...horrible. Congrats to McDowell semi-solid
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Possibly one of the worst final rounds in a Major ever...horrible. Congrats to McDowell semi-solid
Those greens looked horrible, did you see Els' chip from the back of the green on the 11th (if I remember correctly) run all the way back to the fairway!!
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I would have loved to have been a fly on the wall where the players were talking about the condition of the course....intel that will probably never see the light of day.

I had said to the Misses that Graeme McDowell wouldn't win the cup, all the other players will loose the cup.....I was saying this by the 4th hole.
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Those greens looked horrible, did you see Els' chip from the back of the green on the 11th (if I remember correctly) run all the way back to the fairway!!
Saw all 72 holes...same for everyone. Everyone is b!tchn bout the greens but I never saw a good or great Iron hit into the greens. No good iron shots no good putts 2day, I mthought it was a horrible 4th round
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I thought the course setup was terrible. That many good golfers dont hack it up for no reason.

I like McDowell, the thing about N. Irelanders is you're never sure "which team he is on" if you get my drift..Anyone know?
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Didn't you know......he is just a good ole Alabama Redneck (played his college golf at UAB).

I don't think it was bad course conditions as much as it was Pebble Beach has always been a bitch. You have to be patient and not try to create scores, just play good golf and let the scores happen. Lots of guys going "tin cup" in that last round IMO. Bad course conditiond don't cause you to rip one into the woods (see Tiger or Johnson).
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Getting back to the Daly comparison, is this guy a drunk, a jerk, and a quitter? Hadn't heard that about him yet...
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Originally Posted by caltexflanc View Post
Getting back to the Daly comparison, is this guy a drunk, a jerk, and a quitter? Hadn't heard that about him yet...
Well, maybe only 1 out of 3!

"I'm playing the golf of my life right now. And to pick up this trophy, I don't know ... I'm not sure how much partying I'm going to do over the next three months. Probably I should sober up pre-Ryder Cup at some point, but I'm looking forward to celebrating this one and it's a cool feeling."
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Saw all 72 holes...same for everyone. Everyone is b!tchn bout the greens but I never saw a good or great Iron hit into the greens. No good iron shots no good putts 2day, I mthought it was a horrible 4th round
The only golfer I saw bitchen about the greens was Tiger Woods after his first round. You notice he was not bitch about the greens on Saturday. People need to understand that the course became very firm which made it play like a course across the pond. It made th golfers bail out of more shot and cause them to play a tough round. Phil had it right Saturday that he did not need to chase the leaders as they would come back to him so he knew the conditions would be tough.
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