Date of Birth:30th July 1979Country:Northern Ireland

Graeme McDowell

The man known as G-Mac evolved into a Major player at Pebble Beach last month, dramatically winning the 110th US Open Championship at the famed links on the Monterey peninsula. McDowell’s breakthrough Major triumph jumped him to 13th in the world rankings and came just weeks after he secured the Wales Open at Celtic Manor. McDowell – who made his Ryder Cup debut for Europe at Valahall in 2008 – has made huge strides in recent seasons, culminating in the US Open victory where he followed in the footsteps of Jack Nicklaus, Tom Watson, Tom Kite and Tiger Woods as a winner of the championship there.

Graeme McDowell’s precocious talent first emerged as an amateur, when he was ranked the number one collegiate golfer in the USA where he was on scholarship to the University of Alabama. In the summer of 2000, he exhibited the Midas touch when he won wherever he played (including victories in the Irish Close, Irish Youths and World Universities) before then playing a key role in Britain and Ireland’s Walker Cup win at Sea Island in 2001. McDowell’s transition into the professional ranks proved seamless: he won the 2002 Scandinavian Masters in just his fourth start in the pair ranks; and his status rose further in 2008 where, on the back of two tour wins in the Ballantines Championship in South Korea and the Barclays Scottish Open, the Ulsterman made a very impressive debut appearance in the Ryder Cup at Valhalla ...   he finished runner-up to Jim Furyk in the Chevron World Challenge last December, which retained his position in the world’s Top-50...   has homes in Portrush and Lake Nona, Florida – and, apart from enjoying snooker in his spare time, is an avid Manchester United fan.