Graeme McDowell

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Graeme McDowell
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McDowell in November 2012
Personal information
Full nameGraeme McDowell
NicknameG-Mac
Born (1979-07-30) 30 July 1979 (age 39)
Portrush, County Antrim Northern Ireland
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight168 lb (76 kg; 12.0 st)
NationalityUlster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland
Residence Portrush, Northern Ireland
Orlando, Florida, U.S.
SpouseKristin Stape (2013-present)
Children2 daughters, 1 son
Career
College University of Alabama at Birmingham
Turned professional2002
Current tour(s) European Tour
PGA Tour
Professional wins15
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour4
European Tour10
Asian Tour1
Other2
Best results in major championships
(wins: 1)
Masters Tournament T12: 2012
U.S. Open Won: 2010
The Open Championship T5: 2012
PGA Championship T10: 2009
Achievements and awards
Haskins Award 2002
European Tour
Golfer of the Year
2010

Graeme McDowell MBE (born 30 July 1979) is a professional golfer from Northern Ireland who plays on both the PGA Tour and European Tour. He is well known for winning the 2010 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, where he ended a 40-year drought for Europeans at the tournament.

Order of the British Empire British order of chivalry

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Golf sport in which players attempt to hit a ball with a club into a goal using a minimum number of shots

Golf is a club-and-ball sport in which players use various clubs to hit balls into a series of holes on a course in as few strokes as possible.

Northern Ireland Part of the United Kingdom lying in the north-east of the island of Ireland, created 1921

Northern Ireland is a part of the United Kingdom in the north-east of the island of Ireland, variously described as a country, province or region. Northern Ireland shares a border to the south and west with the Republic of Ireland. In 2011, its population was 1,810,863, constituting about 30% of the island's total population and about 3% of the UK's population. Established by the Northern Ireland Act 1998 as part of the Good Friday Agreement, the Northern Ireland Assembly holds responsibility for a range of devolved policy matters, while other areas are reserved for the British government. Northern Ireland co-operates with the Republic of Ireland in some areas, and the Agreement granted the Republic the ability to "put forward views and proposals" with "determined efforts to resolve disagreements between the two governments".

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McDowell has won ten events on the European Tour, and four on the PGA Tour. He has also represented Ireland at the World Cup and been a member of the European Ryder Cup team on four occasions. He has appeared in the top-10 in the Official World Golf Ranking and his best ranking position is 4th (January to March 2011).

PGA Tour golf tour in the United States

The PGA Tour is the organizer of the main professional golf tours played primarily by men in the United States and North America. It organizes most of the events on the flagship annual series of tournaments also known as the PGA Tour, as well as PGA Tour Champions and the Web.com Tour, as well as PGA Tour Canada, PGA Tour Latinoamérica, and PGA Tour China. The PGA Tour is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, a suburb of Jacksonville.

Ireland Island in north-west Europe, 20th largest in world, politically divided into the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland (a part of the UK)

Ireland is an island in the North Atlantic. It is separated from Great Britain to its east by the North Channel, the Irish Sea, and St George's Channel. Ireland is the second-largest island of the British Isles, the third-largest in Europe, and the twentieth-largest on Earth.

The World Cup of Golf is a men's golf tournament contested by teams of two representing their country. Only one team is allowed from each country. The players are selected on the basis of the Official World Golf Ranking, although not all of the first choice players choose to compete. The equivalent event for women was the Women's World Cup of Golf, played from 2005 to 2008.

Before turning professional, McDowell had a successful amateur career both in Ireland and in the United States.

An amateur, from French amateur "lover of", is generally considered a person who pursues a particular activity or field of study independently from their source of income. Amateurs and their pursuits are also described as popular, informal, self-taught, user-generated, DIY, and hobbyist.

United States Federal republic in North America

The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States or America, is a country comprising 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles. With a population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the largest city by population is New York City. Forty-eight states and the capital's federal district are contiguous in North America between Canada and Mexico. The State of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. The State of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean. The U.S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones. The extremely diverse geography, climate, and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.

Early life

McDowell was born in Portrush, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, and played with Rathmore Golf Club since he was eight or nine years old. His uncle, Uel Loughery, coached him there when he was younger. At the age of 14, McDowell played senior cup for Rathmore. [1]

Portrush seaside resort town in Northern Ireland

Portrush is a small seaside resort town in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, on the County Londonderry border. The main part of the old town, including the railway station as well as most hotels, restaurants and bars, is built on a mile–long peninsula, Ramore Head, pointing north-northwest. It had a population of 6,454 people as measured by the 2011 Census. In the off-season, Portrush is a dormitory town for the nearby campus of the University of Ulster at Coleraine. It neighbours the resort of Portstewart.

County Antrim Place in Antrim, Northern Ireland

County Antrim is one of six counties that form Northern Ireland. Adjoined to the north-east shore of Lough Neagh, the county covers an area of 3,046 square kilometres (1,176 sq mi) and has a population of about 618,000. County Antrim has a population density of 203 people per square kilometre or 526 people per square mile. It is also one of the thirty-two traditional counties of Ireland, as well as part of the historic province of Ulster.

In his teens he attended Coleraine Academical Institution. He then studied engineering at Queen's University in Belfast, then transferred to the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he played college golf through the spring of 2002. [2]

Coleraine Academical Institution

Coleraine Academical Institution was a voluntary grammar school for boys in Coleraine, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland.

Queens University Belfast public research university in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Queen's University Belfast is a public research university in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The university was chartered in 1845, and opened in 1849 as "Queen's College, Belfast".

Belfast City in the United Kingdom, capital of Northern Ireland

Belfast is a city in the United Kingdom, the capital city of Northern Ireland, standing on the banks of the River Lagan on the east coast of Ireland. It is the largest city in Northern Ireland and second-largest on the island of Ireland. It had a population of 333,871 as of 2015.

As a senior with the Blazers in 2002, McDowell won six of twelve college events and the Haskins Award, given to the outstanding collegiate golfer in the United States. [3] He was a member of the Great Britain and Ireland team which retained the Walker Cup in 2001 at Sea Island, Georgia.

UAB Blazers

The UAB Blazers are the varsity intercollegiate athletic programs of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. The school is one of the fourteen member institutions of Conference USA (C-USA) and participates in Division I of the NCAA. The school's men's basketball team plays in 8,508-seat Bartow Arena. The Blazers' colors are forest green and old gold. The men's basketball program has a long history of success spanning several decades.

The Haskins Award is presented annually by the Haskins Commission to honor the most outstanding collegiate golfer in the United States. The award is named in memory of Fred Haskins, former golf teaching professional at the Country Club of Columbus (Georgia). Votes are tabulated by the Haskins Commission from select writers, golf coaches, and collegiate golfers. It is college golf's equivalent to college football's Heisman Trophy.

Walker Cup

The Walker Cup is a golf trophy contested in odd-numbered years by leading amateur golfers in two teams: United States, and Great Britain and Ireland. The official name is the Walker Cup Match. It is organised by The R&A and the United States Golf Association (USGA). In 1921 the Royal Liverpool Golf Club hosted an unofficial contest which was followed by official annual contests from 1922 through 1924. From 1925 they became biennial, held on even-number years. After World War II they switched to odd-numbered years. They are held alternately in the U.S., and Ireland or Britain.

Professional career

McDowell turned professional in 2002 and won that season's Volvo Scandinavian Masters, which was only his fourth start on the European Tour. [3]

That win led to McDowell being given honorary life membership at the Royal Portrush Golf Club. [3] He did not win in his second season, but in 2004 he claimed the Telecom Italia Open and finished sixth on the European Tour's Order of Merit. In 2005, he divided his time between the European and U.S. PGA Tours.

He was not yet a full member of the PGA Tour, but his top-50 placing in the Official World Golf Ranking insured that he received invitations to play in many events in the United States.

McDowell managed two top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour, including a tie for second place at the Bay Hill Invitational, which enabled him to earn enough money to become fully exempt on the PGA Tour in 2006. He failed, however, to finish in the top-150 in the 2006 PGA Tour money list, and decided to return to the European Tour for 2007.

In 2008 he returned to the winner's enclosure by winning first the Ballantine's Championship in South Korea, and then the Barclays Scottish Open. He played in the 2008 Ryder Cup, earning 2.5 points for the European team and finished the season ranked fifth on the Order of Merit.

2010

In June 2010, McDowell won the Celtic Manor Wales Open by three shots. [4] This was his fifth European win. [5]

2010 U.S. Open win

In June 2010, McDowell won the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, becoming the first Northern Irishman to accomplish the feat, and the first European U.S. Open winner since Tony Jacklin in 1970.

He was also the first player from the United Kingdom to win a major championship since Paul Lawrie won The Open Championship in 1999, and the first Northern Irishman to win a major since Fred Daly won the 1947 Open Championship. [1] [3] [6]

McDowell was only the second European to win the U.S. Open since 1925. He rose to number 13 in the world rankings, then a career high, and became the eighth European in the top 15. [7] [8]

McDowell embraced his father, Kenny, on Father's Day, [5] and almost immediately called fellow golfer Rory McIlroy to joke about a possible partnership in the 2010 Ryder Cup. [9] He celebrated with a large crowd, including fellow golfer Pádraig Harrington, in the United States. [9]

There were celebrations in his native Portrush as well when news of McDowell's win broke, [1] with "the mother of all parties" planned to get underway in the town. [10] [10]

The "famous win" set off "a brand new life" for McDowell, according to The Guardian 's golf correspondent, Lawrence Donegan. [5] The Daily Telegraph 's Mark Reason opined: "The previous three tournaments in the United States have been won by Lee Westwood, Justin Rose [both English] and now McDowell. It's an unprecedented surge and America must feel like it is being invaded". [7]

McDowell's manager, Conor Ridge, accepted bookings for American TV shows, such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno , as well as a cameo role in Entourage . [9] Shortly after winning the U.S. Open, McDowell joined the PGA Tour and earned a five-year exemption for winning a major.

2010 Ryder Cup win

On Monday, 4 October 2010, McDowell was charged with putting to win on the 17th green of the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor. [11] His was the last match of the 12 player singles, with his opponent being Hunter Mahan, to win the tournament 14.5/13.5 for Europe, and it was his 5-foot putt that was conceded to give victory to Europe. [12]

Rest of 2010

He finished the 2010 season with another win at the Andalucía Valderrama Masters and was second behind Martin Kaymer in the 2010 Race to Dubai standings.

On 5 December 2010, McDowell beat Tiger Woods in a playoff to win the 2010 Chevron World Challenge. [13]

McDowell and Kaymer shared the European Tour Golfer of the Year award. [14]

2011

McDowell had a solid but unspectacular season in 2011 where he did not record a win on either of the main tours. He finished third on four occasions, three on the European Tour and once on the PGA Tour. McDowell finished the year 16th on the European Tour's Race to Dubai, his year consisting of 17 out of 18 cuts made and five top-10 finishes.

In May 2011, McDowell was in contention to win the PGA Tour's flagship event, The Players Championship, but shot a final round 79 to end his chances. He earned over a million dollars on the PGA Tour but could only finish the year 73rd in the FedEx Cup standings.

2012

McDowell opened up the year with a third-place finish at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship on the European Tour in January. He finished two strokes behind winner Robert Rock.

In March 2012, McDowell recorded his joint best finish on the PGA Tour outside of his U.S. Open win, when he finished as runner-up, five strokes behind Tiger Woods at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. This was the second time McDowell had been a runner-up on the PGA Tour. Two weeks later, McDowell had his best performance at The Masters, when he finished in a tie for 12th. He shot a final round of 68 to jump up inside the top 15.

McDowell was runner up in May 2012 at the Volvo World Match Play Championship at the Finca Cortesin Golf Club, losing the final 1 down to Belgium's Nicolas Colsaerts. In a tight match, McDowell was never more than 2 down but was never in front in the match either.

After the match he admitted that the better player won and that he played poorly, shooting five over for the round. Previously in the knockout stages, McDowell had beaten Richard Finch 3&2, Sergio García on the 19th hole and Rafael Cabrera-Bello 2 up.

In June 2012, the U.S. Open returned to California, when it was held at the Olympic Club in San Francisco, less than 100 miles from Pebble Beach, the site of McDowell's 2010 U.S. Open victory. Again he was in contention after rounds of 69-72-68 on the first three days had positioned him at one under for the championship.

He was tied for the lead going into the final day with Jim Furyk, both playing in the final group on Sunday. The second time in three years that McDowell had featured in the final group of the U.S. Open. Despite a disappointing front nine, where he found himself four over, he made several birdies on the back nine, including one on the 17th hole to trail by one shot with one hole to play.

After a good drive and approach to the green, he was faced with a 25-foot putt to tie the lead and force a playoff, but narrowly missed it to the left and had to settle for a par. This led to McDowell finishing in a tie for second place with Michael Thompson, one stroke behind the champion, Webb Simpson.

The following month, at the 2012 Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes, McDowell was in contention on Sunday for the second consecutive major. He had shot rounds of 67-69-67 during the first three days to be at seven under par and trail leader Adam Scott by four strokes in second place with Brandt Snedeker. McDowell played in the final group on Sunday for the second consecutive major championship and third time overall, alongside Scott. He had a disappointing round of 75 (+5) and was never in contention for the championship all afternoon. His challenge was ended at the par five 11th, when he snap hooked his second shot into the trees left and had to take a penalty drop, costing him a bogey. He finished the championship in a tie for 5th with fellow European Luke Donald. It was however his best ever placing at The Open Championship. In December, he won the World Challenge, beating Keegan Bradley by three shots.

2013

McDowell started the season on the PGA Tour at the Northern Trust Open, where he shot 73-72 to miss the cut. He played the following week at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship and reached the quarter-finals. It was his best ever showing at the tournament, beating Pádraig Harrington 2-up, Alexander Norén in 20 holes and Shane Lowry 3&2, before losing 1-down to Jason Day in the quarter-finals.

McDowell played in The Honda Classic the week after and recorded his second consecutive top-10 with a T-9 finish. The next week he played in the final group with Tiger Woods in the WGC-Cadillac Championship and finished in a T-3 position. He missed the cut in the Masters Tournament by one stroke, bogeying the last hole. The next week he played the RBC Heritage. In the final round in stormy weather, he posted a two-under-par 69. He entered a playoff with fellow U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson. Simpson bogeyed the first hole and McDowell parred to win his first regular PGA Tour event and his first tour win since 2010.

The win moved him into 8th in the world rankings. In the 2013 Volvo World Match Play Championship, he defeated Thongchai Jaidee, 2 & 1, to win. The win moved him to the top of the Race to Dubai and 7th in the world. He missed the cut in the European Tour's flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship. In the 2013 U.S. Open he missed the cut; the event he had won in 2010. This was the first time that he had ever missed the cut in that event. In July 2013, he won the Alstom Open de France, shooting a final round of 67 to finish four shots ahead of Richard Sterne. [15]

2014

In 2014, McDowell continued to play on both the European Tour and PGA Tour. In the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship he made comebacks including winning the 18th in each of his first 3 matches before losing to eventual runner up Victor Dubuisson in the quarter finals. [16]

McDowell followed this up with a top-10 finish at the second World Golf Championship of the season at the Cadillac Championship, [17] before missing the cut at the first major of the year at the Masters. [18]

McDowell made the cut at the U.S. Open and came close to a maiden national open win at the Irish Open where he finished in a tie for 6th. [19]

In his next event, Alstom Open de France, he recorded his only win of the season, defending the title he won in 2013 despite going into the final round 8 shots behind Kevin Stadler. [20]

Following this McDowell continued his good form at the Open Championship with a top-10 finish, [21] and further top-10 finishes in his next two events at the RBC Canadian Open [22] and the Bridgestone Invitational. [23]

At the PGA Championship, McDowell made the cut finishing in a tie of 46th, subsequently competing in the FedEx Cup Playoffs, however he failed to progress to the year end Tour Championship finishing outside the top-30 in 56th place. [24]

McDowell qualified to represent Europe at the 2014 Ryder Cup narrowly edging Stephen Gallacher for the final place based on Official World Golf Ranking points. [25]

At the Ryder Cup, he formed a successful partnership with former opponent Victor Dubuisson with comfortable wins the afternoon foursomes on Friday [26] and Saturday. [27] In the lead match of the Sunday singles, McDowell recovered from being 3 down to Jordan Spieth to win 2&1. [28] With these wins Europe won the Ryder Cup.

McDowell subsequently competed in the Race to Dubai Final Series events on the European Tour including a tie for third in the HSBC Champions. [29] McDowell finished 14th in the Race to Dubai rankings on the European Tour in 2014. [30]

2015

McDowell endured one of his worst years as a professional during the 2015 season. In fifteen events on the PGA Tour, McDowell made only eight cuts, with just one top five finish, coming in his first tournament of the year.

In this tournament, the WGC-HSBC Champions, he held the 18, 36 and 54 hole leads and began Sunday with a one stroke lead. He shot a final round of 73 and missed a birdie putt on the final hole, which would have earned him a place in the playoff. He finished the 2015 season at 160th in the FedEx Cup standings and was the first time he had missed out on qualifying for the playoffs since 2010.

In November 2015, McDowell won his third PGA Tour title at the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. He prevailed in a sudden death playoff over Jason Bohn and Russell Knox during a Monday finish to the tournament. He won with a birdie on the first extra hole after his five iron approach grazed the edge of the cup and left him with three foot birdie putt. Knox then could only up and down for par, whilst Bohn missed an 18-foot birdie putt to extend the playoff. McDowell said afterwards that the win came at the end of a real grind in what was one of his worst calendar years as a professional. [31]

2016

In the 2015–16 PGA Tour season, McDowell won $2,596,170 and finished 27th in the season-long FedEx Cup race.

2017

In the 2016–17 PGA Tour season, McDowell only had 4 top 10 finishes and finished 136th in the FedEx Cup.

2018

In the 2017–18 PGA Tour season, McDowell struggled again and only won $581,024 and finished 144th in the FedEx Cup. This left him with limited status on the PGA Tour for the 2018-2019 season.

European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjørn named McDowell as a vice-captain for the European team at the 2018 Ryder Cup. In September 2018, Europe defeated the U.S. team 17½ points to 10½ at Le Golf National outside of Paris, France. [32]

2019

On 31 March 2019, McDowell won his fourth PGA Tour title at the Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship in the Dominican Republic.

Personal

McDowell comes from a mixed Catholic/Protestant family background, [33] but was himself raised a Protestant. [34] As he won the U.S. Open in 2010 he was living in a "bachelor pad" penthouse apartment in Portrush and was building a home in Lake Nona, Florida, United States. [3] McDowell hired interior designer Kristin Stape to work on his Lake Nona house: subsequently the pair began dating, and were engaged in October 2012. [35] The couple married in a small ceremony in the Bahamas in September 2013. [36] Kristin gave birth to the couple's first child, a girl, in August 2014. [37] She has a child from a previous relationship. [35]

When quizzed on whether he'd represent Britain or Ireland at future Olympic events, McDowell stated: "I’m not bothered who I play for. I’ll be honoured to represent Britain or Ireland or both. I’m proud to play golf for Europe." On the subject of his nationality, he added: "Yes, I sit on the fence but why not? There’s no right or wrong answer. I’m always going to upset someone, so why not sit on the fence?" [38] In the run up to the 2016 Olympics, when golf was reintroduced, Rory McIlroy (representing Ireland) withdrew from the tournament, leaving McDowell with the possibility of representing Ireland as their next highest ranked player. However, McDowell ruled this possibility out by opting out of the Olympics. [39] He often travels and practices with Rory McIlroy and Pádraig Harrington. [3]

He was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2011 New Year Honours for services to golf. [40]

In January 2011 McDowell was photographed by Kevin Abosch for "The Face of Ireland" project. [41] [42]

McDowell is a devoted Manchester United fan. In the buildup to the 2011 Masters Tournament he skipped the annual par-3 contest in order to watch a UEFA Champions League clash between United and Chelsea. [43]

In June 2011, McDowell received an honorary doctorate (D.Sc) from the University of Ulster for his services to golf. [44] He received his honorary degree from the University's Chancellor, the actor James Nesbitt on its Coleraine campus and in his speech to graduates, urged them to set their goals high in their careers and trust their intuition. [45]

McDowell is also partner in owning a restaurant, Nona Blue, that he opened outside of his neighborhood Lake Nona Golf & Country Club. [46] Nona Blue is considered a "Modern Tavern."

Amateur wins (6)

Professional wins (15)

European Tour wins (10)

Legend
Major championships (1)
Other European Tour (9)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
14 Aug 2002 Volvo Scandinavian Masters 64-73-66-67=270−141 stroke Flag of South Africa.svg Trevor Immelman
23 May 2004 Telecom Italia Open 67-65-65=197−19Playoff Flag of France.svg Thomas Levet
316 Mar 2008 Ballantine's Championship 168-64-66-66=264−24Playoff Flag of India.svg Jeev Milkha Singh
413 Jul 2008 Barclays Scottish Open 67-70-66-68=271−132 strokes Flag of South Africa.svg James Kingston
56 Jun 2010 Celtic Manor Wales Open 72-70-64-63=269−153 strokes Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Rhys Davies
620 Jun 2010 U.S. Open 71-68-71-74=284E1 stroke Flag of France.svg Grégory Havret
731 Oct 2010 Andalucía Valderrama Masters 68-67-72-74=281−32 strokes Flag of Denmark.svg Søren Kjeldsen, Ulster Banner.svg Gareth Maybin,
Flag of Ireland.svg Damien McGrane
819 May 2013 Volvo World Match Play Championship 2 & 1 Flag of Thailand.svg Thongchai Jaidee
97 Jul 2013 Alstom Open de France 69-69-70-67=275−94 strokes Flag of South Africa.svg Richard Sterne
106 Jul 2014 Alstom Open de France (2)70-69-73-67=279−51 stroke Flag of Thailand.svg Thongchai Jaidee, Flag of the United States.svg Kevin Stadler

1 Co-sanctioned with the Asian Tour

European Tour playoff record (2–1)

No.YearTournamentOpponentResult
1 2004 Telecom Italia Open Flag of France.svg Thomas Levet Won with par on fourth extra hole
22004 Dunhill Links Championship Flag of Scotland.svg Stephen Gallacher Lost to birdie on first extra hole
3 2008 Ballantine's Championship Flag of India.svg Jeev Milkha Singh Won with birdie on third extra hole

PGA Tour wins (4)

Legend
Major championships (1)
Other PGA Tour (3)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
120 Jun 2010 U.S. Open 71-68-71-74=284E1 stroke Flag of France.svg Grégory Havret
221 Apr 2013 RBC Heritage 71-67-68-69=275−9Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Webb Simpson
316 Nov 2015 OHL Classic at Mayakoba 67-63-70-66=266−18Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Jason Bohn, Flag of Scotland.svg Russell Knox
431 Mar 2019 Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship 73-64-64-69=270−181 stroke Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Mackenzie Hughes, Flag of the United States.svg Chris Stroud

PGA Tour playoff record (2–0)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
12013 RBC Heritage Flag of the United States.svg Webb Simpson Won with par on first extra hole
22015 OHL Classic at Mayakoba Flag of the United States.svg Jason Bohn, Flag of Scotland.svg Russell Knox Won with birdie on first extra hole

Asian Tour wins (1)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
victory
Runner-up
116 Mar 2008 Ballantine's Championship 168-64-66-66=264−24Playoff Flag of India.svg Jeev Milkha Singh

1 Co-sanctioned with the European Tour

Asian Tour playoff record (1–0)

No.YearTournamentOpponentResult
12008 Ballantine's Championship Flag of India.svg Jeev Milkha Singh Won with birdie on first extra hole

Other wins (2)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin of
victory
Runner-up
15 Dec 2010 Chevron World Challenge 66-69-68-69=272−16Playoff Flag of the United States.svg Tiger Woods
22 Dec 2012 World Challenge (2)69-66-68-68=271−173 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Keegan Bradley

Other playoff record (1–0)

No.YearTournamentOpponentResult
12010 Chevron World Challenge Flag of the United States.svg Tiger Woods Won with birdie on first extra hole

Major championships

Wins (1)

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunner-up
2010 U.S. Open 3 shot deficitE (71-68-71-74=284)1 stroke Flag of France.svg Grégory Havret

Results timeline

Tournament2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament CUTT17
U.S. Open T80T48T30T18
The Open Championship CUTT11T61CUTT19T34
PGA Championship CUTCUTT37T15T10
Tournament201020112012201320142015201620172018
Masters Tournament CUTCUTT12CUTCUTT52CUT
U.S. Open 1 T14T2CUTT28CUTT18CUTCUT
The Open Championship T23CUTT5T58T9T49T63
PGA Championship CUTCUTT11T12T46CUTCUTCUT
  Win
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied

Summary

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament 00000293
U.S. Open 110225139
The Open Championship 0001251310
PGA Championship 000014136
Totals11035164828

Results in World Golf Championship events

Results not in chronological order prior to 2015.

Tournament200220032004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Cadillac Championship T43 T6 T48
Dell Match Play R32R64
Bridgestone Invitational T52WDT56
Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 201420152016
Cadillac Championship T66 T6 T42T13 T3 T9T56T28
Dell Match Play R64R64 R16 R64 QF QF T52T38
Bridgestone Invitational T45T22T65T24T40T8T17
HSBC Champions T34 3 T42 3 T3
  Top 10
  Did not play

WD = Withdrew
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.

Team appearances

Amateur

Professional

See also

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Francesco Molinari Italian professional golfer

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