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|McDowell Wins Open
|PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) -- No one from Northern Ireland had ever won a U.S. Open until Graeme McDowell's steady performance Sunday at Pebble Beach.
The 30-year-old McDowell closed with a 3-over 74 to finish even-par for the tournament, one shot ahead of Frenchman Gregory Havret at Pebble Beach. McDowell entered the final round three shots back before playing just well enough on a day when just one of the top-10 finishers shot better than even par. His final round was the highest score by a U.S. Open champion since Andy North in 1985.
McDowell is also the first European in 40 years to win the tournament.
Tiger Woods sputtered after making a late charge in the third round to get back into contention. Woods bogeyed five of his first 10 holes Sunday and closed with a 75 to finish at plus-3.
Ernie Els ended up third at 2-over, one shot ahead of Woods and Phil Mickelson. Matt Kuchar fired a 3-under 68 to finish in a tie for sixth with Davis Love III.
Third-round leader Dustin Johnson imploded on the front nine in the final round, beginning with a triple-bogey on the second hole and double-bogey on the third. He lost his lead by the fourth tee and closed with an 11-over 82 that left him in a tie for eighth with Alex Cejka, Brandt Snedeker and Martin Kaymer at plus-5.
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