McDowell Edges Havret, Els, Mickelson, Woods for U.S. Open Title
Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland could only produce a single birdie on the final day at Pebble Beach but his 3-over 74 in the fourth round proved good enough to win him the U.S. Open against three of the world’s best players.
McDowell, who became the first European to win the U.S. Open since 1970, started the day three shots off the lead but seized the initiative as third-round leader Dustin Johnson faded away with a triple bogey and double bogey in his second and third holes. The 30-year-old Irishman then held off Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson, and Tiger Woods, as well as lowly ranked Frenchman Gregory Havret, for his first major title.
Havret, ranked 391st in the world, provided the biggest challenge to McDowell by finishing just a stroke behind after a 72. Els finished solo third after a 73 followed by Mickelson and Woods, who shared fourth to fifth spots. Mickelson, who also had a 73 in the final round, had several chances to end his disappointments at the U.S. open but ended up with another heart break after throwing several chances to take the lead.
Woods bowed out early after starting with five bogeys in the first ten holes, he finished with a 75, but will continue to hold his number one ranking after Mickelson failed to win the tournament.