Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland shot a 3-over 74 to win the 110th U.S. Open championship on Sunday at Pebble Beach Golf Links.
McDowell is first European to win the U.S. Open since Tony Jacklin in 1970.
McDowell, who now has six victories worldwide, managed to hang on when no one else, including the top two players in the world Tiger Woods (75) and Phil Mickelson (73), were able to make a move.
Dustin Johnson of the USA, the 54-hole leader, shot a 42 on the front nine, including losing six shots in a three-hole stretch, to knock himself out of contention. He shot a final-round 82.
9:04 p.m. ET: Gregory Havret just missed his birdie try on 18. He finishes his day with a 72 and his tournament at 1 over. All Graeme McDowell has to do is make par, and he is a major champion.
8:58 p.m. ET: So Graeme McDowell loses one shot in that cushion with a bogey at 17. He’s even par. Gregory Havret (1 over) is at the par-5 18th, and he will have a shot at birdie.
8:57 p.m. ET: Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els are in. Els after a 73 finishes at 2 over; Mickelson after a 73 finishes at 3 over.
Well, Phil won’t be a runner-up for the sixth time.
8:54 p.m. ET: Graeme McDowell has a tough bunker shot on 17, but he has a two-shot lead. McDowell, who went to school at Alabama-Birmingham if you didn’t know, has five pro wins.
8:50 p.m. ET: Gregory Havret bogeys No. 17 to drop back to 1 over, aeme McDowell has his two-shot cushion back.
8:32 p.m. ET: Graeme McDowell makes par at 15. He’s still 1 under, one better than Gregory Havret. Who has a long birdie try on 16.
Tiger and Phil are barely an afterthought right now.
8:19 p.m. ET: Bogey for McDowell. He is at 1 under, one shot clear of Gregory Havret. Havret just made a nice bunker shot on 15 and can save par.
8:17 p.m. ET: Graeme McDowell is about to be taken prisoner by the 14th hole. Tee shot into a bunker. Second into the fairway but a long way out. Third over the green. Putt up the slope and 2o-feet past … nearly rolled onto the other level and off the green. He has a long putt to save par.
8:10 p.m. ET: Weird final round. Phil Mickelson just hit the ball off of a cable, when he could have had a free drop. Why he do that?
Graeme McDowell is at 2 under, but he has a long shot into the difficult 14th.
8:02 p.m. ET: Graeme McDowell makes another par, this one at 13, and nobody seems to want to come get him. Phil Mickelson bogeyed again, at 14, to drop to 2 over.
7:38 p.m. ET: Fire up the jet for Tiger. A bogey for Tiger Woods at No. 12. He’s 4 over for the tournament. The last three groups are a combined 10 over.
7:30 p.m. ET: The first cracks in the armor for Graeme McDowell … with bogeys at Nos. 9 and 10. He’s 2 under with a two-shot lead on Ernie Els and Gregory Havret. Dustin Johnson, after a disastrous front nine, is three back. Phil Mickelson also is at 1 over.
7:22 p.m. ET: Ernie Els stops the bleeding with a birdie at No. 12 and is back to even par.
7:21 p.m. ET: So Gregory Havret bogeys the 10th and is at even par. One guy, the steady Graeme McDowell, is under par. Mr. Engraver, that’s G-R-A-E-M-E.
7:13 p.m. ET: Another bogey for Ernie Els at 11, who now is 1 ove. He’s lost four shots in three holes. Another bogey for Tiger Woods … he is 3 over now. That golf course is QUIET!!
7:10 p.m. ET: Is NBC losing viewers in droves as Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson implode?
7:02 p.m. ET: Graeme McDowell saves a par at No. 8 to stay at 4 under. He’s hit every fairway, and he is the only player in the field without a bogey. OK, he just missed the ninth fairway. And now he has a three-shot lead on … wait for it … Gregory Havret. Phil Mickelson bogeyed No. 10 to fall to 1 over, and Ernie Els doubled 10 to drop to even par.
Dustin Johnson is now a distant memory. He’s 7 over through eight and 1 over on the tournament. So much for “The Big Kahuna” of Pebble Beach.
6:49 p.m. ET: Careful there guys … don’t go sliding into the Pacifc. Ernie Els’ golf ball is in the hazard on the cliff on No. 10.
6:46 p.m. ET: Graeme McDowell now has a two-shot lead. He is cruising along. Dustin Johnson makes another bogey. He’s 1 over now. Not fun to watch. If they ALL are hacking around in tough condiitons, that’s fun. When one guy comes apart at the seams, that’s not so fun.
6;43 p.m. ET: Tiger Woods is the old Tiger Woods again … the one from Thursday and Friday. Another bogey, his fourth on the day, drops him to 2 over.
6:42 p.m. ET: A tweet from LPGA star Natalie Gulbis: Nooo! Dustin lost six shots in first few holes! Wow this open is very exciting!
Yes, if you like watching young American stars melting down.
6:36 p.m. ET: Dustin Johnson’s nightmare start to the final round of the U.S. Open turned Sunday into a wild, wide-open affair, with Ernie Els taking a share of the lead and Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Davis Love III not far behind.
Els, seeking his fourth major title and his first since 2002, was one shot behind Graeme McDowell (4 under after a birdie on 5) after Johnson’s early meltdown.
Johnson, who won the last two AT&T National Pro-Ams at Pebble Beach, carried a three-shot lead into the day but made triple-bogey and double-bogey on Nos. 2 and 3 to blow a three-shot lead and fall two behind Els and McDowell.
After hitting his approach shot into an awkward lie in a bunker on No. 2, Johnson had to hit out left-handed. The ball barely squirted out, then Johnson’s fourth shot from the deep grass popped up and moved about two feet. He missed a 3-foot putt for double bogey and wound up with a 7.
On No. 3, Johnson pushed his tee shot far to the left. Unable to find his ball after a five-minute search near the 16th green, he had to head back to the tee box to hit again. Seconds later, course workers found his ball, but it was too late, and Johnson made 6. After driving his tee shot into the ocean on No. 4, Johnson saved bogey, but was 6 over for the day and even par for the tournament.
His disintegration was part of a wild start to the day for the leaders, who are set to reach 18 right around prime time on the East Coast.
6:28 p.m. ET: Tiger Woods birdies No. 7 to get back to 1 over.
6:25 p.m. ET: This isn’t turning out the way anyone expected. Gregory Havret makes birdie at 6 to get to 2 under, two back of Graeme McDowell (-4), one behind Ernie Els. Tiger Woods makes another bogey, his third of the day, and he is at 2 over. Phil Mickelson is at even par but doing nothing. Dustin Johnson is going backward fast, though he stopped the bleeding with a par at No. 5. He lost six shots on holes 2-4, with a 7, a 6 and a 5.
6:06 p.m. ET: Ernie Els birdies the sixth to get to 3 under, even with Graeme McDowell to the lead.
6:03 p.m. ET: Dustin Johnson double bogeys No. 3 and is at 1 under. That’s five shots he’s lost in two holes. Graeme McDowell is comfortably in for par at 3 and is alone in front at 3 under.
5:58 p.m. ET: They did find Dustin Johnson’s ball, but it was AFTER the 5-minute limit. Wow.
Tiger Woods bogeyed 4. and is at 1 over for the tournament.
Graeme McDowell has been steady, but how will this fiasco with Dustin Johnson affect him?
5:55 p.m. ET: Dustin Johnson (-3) hit a wild drive on No. 3. Now he is headed back to the tee. Laying 2.
5:41 p.m. ET: Wow, things can change fast at a U.S. Open. Dustin Johnson triples the par-4 second and is now 3 under. Greame McDowell makes par to stay at 3 under.
Johnson blew a wedge from the middle of the fairway into heavy rought. Had no swing and turned lefty, chopping it three feet, still into rough. Then he flopped a flop shot and left in the rough. Then missed the 4-footer for double.
Ernie Els is now 2 under after a birdie on 4. Phil Mickelson blows the eagle and birdie putts and makes par to stay at even.
5;22 p.m. ET: Some info on Dustin Johnson, who is trying to …
- Become the only player on the PGA TOUR under the age of 30 with four or more wins. Players currently with three include Johnson, Camilo Villegas, Anthony Kim and Sean O’Hair.
- At the age of 25 years, 11 months and 29 days, become the youngest winner of the U.S. Open since 24-year-old Tiger Woods won in 2000. By comparison, the youngest player in U.S. Open history was Johnny McDermott in 1911 (19 years, 10 months, 14 days).
- Become the youngest major winner since Tiger Woods won the 2001 Masters at the age of 25 years, three months and nine days.
- Become the second consecutive winner (Lucas Glover) in his 20s to win the U.S. Open. It would be the first time that has occurred since Lee Janzen and Ernie Els won in 1993 and 1994, respectively. Glover and Johnson also hail from South Carolina.
- Notch the 11th win by a player in his 20s on the PGA TOUR this season. By comparison, there were just seven winners in their 20s in 2009.
- Become the fourth player (five occasions) to win both a PGA TOUR event and a Major Championship on the same golf course in the same season. He would join Ben Hogan (1948 Los Angeles Open and U.S. Open), Jack Nicklaus (1972 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am and U.S. Open) and Tiger Woods (2000 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and U.S. Open and the 2008 Buick Invitational and U.S. Open).
5:15 p.m. ET: And now the leaders, Dustin Johnson (-6) and Graeme McDowell (-3), are underway. McDowell is comfortably in the fairway, and Johnson with an iron is in the first cut of rough on the right.
Tiger Woods bogeys on No. 1 and drops to even par. Gregory Havret birdies 1 to get to 1under.
Ernie Els birdies 2 to get to 1 under. Phil Mickelson (even) makes par.
5:12 p.m. ET: Mickelson hits 393-yard drive on 2nd. “That’s the longest drive I’ve ever seen on that hole.” — Johnny Miller
5;05 p.m. ET: Phil Mickelson came up short on his approach at, but then knocked in his putt from off the green for a birdie to get to even par. Ernie Els made par at 1.
Gregory Havret of France, in his first U.S. Open (even par) tees off for Round 4. Oh yeah, his playing partner, Tiger Woods (-1) knocked it down the fairway, just into the first cut. Can he follow up on his Saturday 66?
4:55 p.m. ET: Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els are on their way in the final round. They need to make some noise early.
4:10 p.m.: Tom Watson just hit his 8,026th shot in a U.S. Open with his tee ball on the 1st hole. Could be his final U.S. Open.
3:51 p.m. ET: Jim Herman, a Nationwide Tour player who made it to the U.S. Open through sectional qualifying, shot a 5-under 30 on the front nine and was at 4 under for the day through 17 holes. He was at 12-over par for the tournament – well out of contention, but one of the few enjoying a stellar day early in the final round.
The final round began under partly cloudy skies, although the greater concern at Pebble Beach was the wind. As was the case Saturday, the USGA set the course up to promote good scoring in spots.
The tee box on No. 4 has been moved up about 15 yards, to 318 yards from the center of the green. Playing downwind, the hole should be drivable, as it was Saturday, when four players made eagle there. Herman made eagle on No. 4 on Sunday.
The famous seventh hole that juts out over the Monterey Peninusla will play at 92 yards, with the tee box spread out so players can choose which angle they want to come in on for the downhill shot.
And the tee box on the par-5 18th has been moved up 30 yards to encourage players to try for the green in two, as the USGA looks to add drama to a tournament that will finish during prime time on the East Coast.
3;36 p.m. ET: From USA TODAY’s Steve DiMeglio:
Shaun Micheel makes double eagle 2 at par-5 6th, jarring 3-iron from fairway. He didn’t see it though — hole is 35 feet above his head.
Seven players on the course right now are under par, led by Lee Westwood at 3 under. Most however are over par.
3:27 p.m. ET: We’re still just under two hours before the leaders tee off, and the tournament will be won in the last two groups.
2;42 p.m. ET: Pablo Martin had a marker who did not play. He completed his round in 2 hours, 39 minutes, and left the 18th green to cheers of “Pablo! Pablo!” He finished with a 79 and was 27 over for the tournament.
“The U.S. Open is the best atmosphere I’ve seen in any other tournament I’ve played in. This is exactly the way golf should be right now. It is so much fun for us and for the crowd. Me and my caddie, it was a nice walk, checking the course. Pretty cool. It’s so nice over here in Pebble Beach. I’m happy we can get to play for free.
“The best memory I’m going to have of this week? It’s the first time to play Pebble Beach. It was a fun week even though I played crap. Sometimes, it goes that way and sometimes, it goes the other way. I’m really glad that I made it into the U.S. Open and that I made the cut. I need to keep working. It would be nice to come back in nine years.”
2:31 p.m. ET: More from USA TODAY’s Steve DiMeglio:
With 18 expected to play into the wind, tee moved up. Will play 513 yards.
1:38 p.m. ET: From USA TODAY’s Steve DiMeglio at Pebble Beach:
So far at Pebble, very little wind. High expected to be 20 mph late in day. Pin placements will be the punisher today.
Playing alone, Pablo Martin finishes final round in under 3 hours — and SIX holes ahead of group behind him. Shot 79.
On the back nine, no one wants to hit into front right on 10; back left on 12; back middle on 14; back right on 16; back left on 17.
As for pin placements, BRUTAL. Almost all of them. Toughest? Frint right on 1; back right on 4; back right on 5; front left on 9.
99 yards wasn’t short enough. Thre 7th hole at Pebble Beach will play to 92 yards in the final round.
Graeme McDowell was born on July 30th, 1979 according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graeme_McDowell
7 + 30 +2+0+0+9 = 48 = his personal year (from July 30th, 2009 to July 29th, 2010)
48 year + 5 (May) = 53 = his personal month (from May 30th, 2010 to June 29th, 2010)
53 month + 20 (20th of the month on June 20th, 2010) = 73 = his personal day = Compensation.
using the number/letter grid:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
A B C D E F G H I
J K L M N O P Q R
S T U V W X Y Z
A = 1 J = 1 S = 1
B = 2 K = 2 T = 2
C = 3 L = 3 U = 3
D = 4 M = 4 V = 4
E = 5 N = 5 W = 5
F = 6 O = 6 X = 6
G = 7 P = 7 Y = 7
H = 8 Q = 8 Z = 8
I = 9 R = 9
how he obtains his heart’s desire and what he has to do/must do both = GL = 73 = Compensation.
When his number (73 (how he obtains his heart’s desire & what he has to do/must do)) comes up, that’s when he gets to live/experience what he is here to live/experience. Today was his 73 day, so today was HIS day!!!