2010 U.S. Open Results—To Par–Total–R1–R2–R3–R4
1. Graeme McDowell ———-E———284—-71—68–71—74
2. Gregory Havret +1
3. Ernie Els +2
T4. Tiger Woods +3
T4. Phil Mickelson +3
T6. Matt Kuchar +4
T6. Davis Love III +4
T8. Dustin Johnson +5
T8. Alex Cjeka +5
T8. Martin Kaymar +5
T8. Brandt Snedeker +5
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Colossal Collapse by Dustin Johnson
The 2010 U.S. Open witnessed a historic collapse by Dustin Johnson, the 25-year old that had executed so flawlessly throughout the week and had a three-shot lead going into the second hole of the final round. Johnson was in the middle of the fairway at No. 2 with a wedge in his hand after a 343-yard drive. After hole No. 4, he was three shots behind, a six-shot turnaround in three holes. The final hole was the icing on the cake, missing a two-foot birdie putt and winding up with an 82 for the final round. It was the highest closing round by a 54-hole leader in the U.S. Open since Fred McLeod shot 83 in 1911.
Final Round was Wide Open…but with a Little Luck…
With a colossal collapse by Dustin Johnson in full motion by hole No. 4 it paved the way for three of the biggest names in golf to have a shot at the 2010 U.S. Open trophy- Woods, Mickelson and Els. To the shock of everyone, none of them did. Instead, on this Father’s Day it was going to be little known Graeme McDowell that would stun the field. What was even more surprising is how he won– with a final round 3-over 74, the highest final round score by a U.S. Open winner in 25 years (Andy North in 1985 was the last). Up to this point in his career, McDowell had no U.S. wins in the PGA tournament. McDowell is the first European winner since Tony Jacklin took the title in 1970–a span of 40 years.
After the 2010 U.S. Open was over Tiger Woods reflected, “It’s disappointing because I started off so poorly again and left myself above the hole. Every putt I missed was from above the hole. Yesterday I made everything because it was all below the hole. These greens are bumpy enough where putts above the holes it’s just pot luck,” according to fanhouse.com.
The 2010 U.S. Open champion McDowell attributed the win to a bit of luck as well. In a post-match interview, he said…”It requires luck though to win a golf tournament there’s so many top players around, Tiger and Phil.”
Graeme McDowell Quotes:
The 2010 U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell had many memorable post-match quotes. This unheard of and former University of Alabama-Birmingham collegiate player, had the following things to say about his victory:
“I think I’ve died and gone to heaven for sure. This can’t be really real. I don’t think this will ever sink in. It’s a very special feeling to pick this trophy up on the 18th green, one of the most special golf courses in the planet. I mean this golf course is just awesome.”
“There’s not too many bad golfers on this trophy. And to join an elite list of names, I mean, careers are defined by Major championships and my career’s off and running today. It’s been a special few weeks. To win in Wales and to come here and win, I mean I can’t describe how I feel. It’s a surreal feeling for me right now.”
“When I had a one-footer there to win. That was about the only time I actually believed [I could win]. But deep down I knew I had the confidence and the calmness inside me to do it today. It was tough. It was tough to make birdies…And then all of a sudden I’m in trouble on 14. And 15, I thought I made that putt. I have to say I’m looking forward to seeing the replay there because I thought that thing was in the middle.”
All quotes attributed to 2010 U.S. Open winner Graeme McDowell through pgatour.com.
Special Father-Son Moment between Graeme McDowell & his Father on Father’s Day
I think it was fitting for Graeme McDowell to be the one to win his first U.S. Open in 2010 and first U.S. win with his father in attendance on Father’s Day. His father Kenny embraced him with a hug at one point and said, “You’re something, kid,” according to deseretnews.com.