Since his sparkling 2010 campaign, Graeme McDowell has been a household name in golf, but the Northern Irish golfer affectionately known as "G-Mac" has been a pro since 2002. Here are some of his career highlights.
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McDowell was a member of the victorious Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup team in 2001. That's Graeme at left in the front row, seated next to Luke Donald. McDowell and company defeated the American team, 15-9, in two days of matches in Sea Island, Ga.
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McDowell attended the University of Alabama-Birmingham, where he starred on the golf team, eventually winning the 2002 Haskins Award as the top collegiate golfer in the United States. He majored in economics and engineering.
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McDowell also turned pro in 2002, when he joined the European Tour and quickly captured his first victory at the 2002 Volvo Scandinavian Masters.
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After winning the 2004 Telecom Italia Open for his second pro title, McDowell endured a victory drought that lasted nearly four years. But in 2008, he re-entered the winner's circle, capturing titles at the Ballantine's Championship and the Barclays Scottish Open (pictured).
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G-Mac's two wins in 2008 earned him a spot on the 2008 European Ryder Cup team, his first appearance in the event. He played well, finishing with a 2-1-1 record, but the Americans reclaimed the Cup.
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The 2010 Wales Open was played at Celtic Manor, the course that would host the Ryder Cup later in the year. McDowell won the trophy, his fifth European Tour win, and the victory would begin the best year of his career.
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Trailing Dustin Johnson by three shots heading into the final round of the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, McDowell closed with a 74 on a tough day to win his first major championship by one stroke.
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Returning to Celtic Manor for the Ryder Cup, McDowell finished a fine performance by sinking a long putt to defeat Hunter Mahan and secure the final, decisive point in Team Europe's dramatic victory.
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But G-Mac wasn't satisfied with all he had accomplished in 2010, so in December he battled Tiger Woods in a playoff at Tiger's Chevron World Challenge, sinking a 20-foot putt on the first playoff hole to vanquish Woods.
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At the 2012 U.S. Open at Olympic, McDowell was tied for the lead heading into the final round, but he missed a long birdie putt on the 18th hole to lose to Webb Simpson by one shot.
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McDowell made his third-straight Ryder Cup team in 2012. While he struggled during the matches at Medinah, going 1-3-0, the European side made a historic comeback on Sunday to retain the Cup.
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McDowell enjoyed a successful worldwide campaign in 2013, notching three victories around the globe. His victory on the PGA Tour came in April when he won a playoff over Webb Simpson to capture the RBC Heritage at Hilton Head, South Carolina. G-Mac played 16 events on the PGA Tour, recorded four top 10s, and won more than $2 million in prize money.
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A month after winning at Hilton Head, McDowell defeated Thongchai Jaidee in the finals of the Volvo World Match Play Championship in Kavarna, Bulgaria.
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McDowell won his second European Tour event of the season two months later, firing a 4-under 67 in the final round to win the French Open at the Paris National course. The victory was his ninth European title.
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McDowell scored another victory in 2013 when he married Kristin Stape in the Bahamas. He posted this photo to his Instagram account with the caption: "I think this photo sums up the weekend. Happy and in love with @kristinstape. Photo by @collinhughes."
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McDowell successfully defended his French Open title in in July, 2014, rallying from an eight-shot deficit to win with a closing 67.
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McDowell continued his strong 2014 with a tie for ninth in the Open Championship at Royal Liverpool. He closed with a Sunday 67 that featured four birdies and an eagle on the back nine.
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