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McDowell makes it 2010 major no. 2 for Callaway
June 21, 2010

Graeme McDowell has snapped up Callaway’s second major championship of 2010 and ended a 40 year European title drought with his superb one-shot victory in the US Open at Pebble Beach, following Phil Mickelson's third Masters green jacket in April..

The man from Portrush claimed his first Major with an even par total of 284, holding off a daunting group of pursuers than included world no. 1 Tiger Woods and fellow Callaway staff players Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson.

McDowell played superbly from tee to green all week with a bag of Callaway and Odyssey equipment, at a course set up to test the world’s best - indeed, every player but McDowell was over par, such was the difficulty of the firm, fast links.

His trusty FT-3 driver put him in two-thirds of all fairways and he averaged an impressive 303 yards off the tee. After becoming the first European to win the US Open since Tony Jacklin in 1970, he was quick to highlight the performance of his Callaway driver: "I’ve never been the longest hitter in the world but I’ve certainly put on yardage in the last year," he said. "I’ve always been good off the tee accuracy-wise and the US Open has always been a tournament I feel like my game is most suited to."

The Callaway X-forged irons, as used by Graeme McDowell to win the US Open

Accurate approach play with his Callaway X-forged irons was also key to finding the tiny Pebble Beach greens. But it was McDowell’s Odyssey White Hot #7 putter, helping him to average just 27.5 putts per round for the week and bringing him 15 birdies over the four rounds which finally clinched the victory, making priceless par saves on the final day as his rivals slipped away.

"My putter was kind to me this week," said McDowell. "I putted good this week, I felt good on the greens and when I had opportunities I generally took them. It helped me make a lot of birdies."

Four-time major champion and fellow Callaway staffer Phil Mickelson was quick to pay tribute: "I thought that Graeme was playing very well headed in. He had won his previous tournament and he's played very solid on a large stage a number times. So from a player’s point of view this wasn't a surprise".

In addition to the historic US Open trophy, a cheque for $1.35m, a career high ranking of 13th in the world and a certain place in the European Ryder Cup Team, McDowell joins the exclusive group of Callaway major winners and receives a commemorative gold Odyssey belt buckle. He also becomes eligible to have his name printed on his Tour i series ball.

It was another outstanding major championship for Callaway/Odyssey, with four players in the top 10. McDowell was joined by third placed Ernie Els, Phil Mickelson tied for 4th and Germany's Alex Cejka who finished in a tie for 8th.

In McDowell's bag at the US Open were:

Driver: Callaway FT-3 Driver 9.5°
3-Wood: Callaway Tour X-fairway 15°
Irons: Callaway X-Forged irons 4-PW,
Wedges: Callaway X-Forged vintage 52° & 58°
Putter: Odyssey White Hot #7
Ball: Callaway Tour ix

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