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NORTHERN Ireland's Graeme McDowell has become the first UK golfer to win the US Open in 40 years with a dramatic one-shot victory at Pebble Beach.
GRAEME McDowell last night took control of the US Open by moving three shots clear midway through the final round after overnight pacesetter Dustin Johnson made a nightmare start.
LEE Westwood was making a late run up the US Open leaderboard as the leaders prepared for their final rounds in California.
BACK at the venue where he clinched one of his greatest major victories, Tom Watson has stirred memories with some inspired golf in this year's US Open at Pebble Beach.
IT WAS just like old times for Tiger Woods at the US Open on Saturday as he pumped his fist and flashed a big smile for a crowd that roared their approval as he played himself into contention.
A FUNNY thing happened at the US Open last Thursday evening. Just after completing a frustratingly birdie-free opening round of 74 – three over par for the 7,040-yard Pebble Beach links – a fellow who looked and sounded remarkably like Tiger Woods had a good old moan about the condition of the greens.
GRAEME McDowell emerged as the halfway leader in the US Open while Phil Mickelson briefly tamed a Pebble Beach course that has tormented the world's best players for two days.
US OPEN leader Graeme McDowell will start his third round at Pebble Beach trying to temper his dreams of major championship glory with a heavy dose of realism.
ENGLAND'S Paul Casey will start today's US Open second round as tournament co-leader.
PAUL CASEY takes a share of a one-stroke lead into tonight's US Open second round and is delighted to have done so at such a special venue.
ENGLAND'S Ian Poulter was in the hunt while Phil Mickelson and Padraig Harrington struggled as the first round of the 110th US Open continued in California yesterday.
TOM Watson, 1982 US Open champion at Pebble Beach and who has seen it all at the fabled Pacific coast course, has warned that danger lurks for players at the 110th championship.
HE'S INCHING closer to Tiger Woods in green jackets and is now officially one-up on Woods in moments that make you want to cry.
GIVEN ITS deservedly iconic status and the undoubted beauty of its Northern California coastal location, it is something of a surprise to note that the US Open taking place this coming week is only the fifth hosted by the Pebble Beach Golf Links.
RORY McIlroy, tenth on his US Open debut on Monday, is in Munich for the BMW International Open starting today, but England's Ross Fisher, fifth at Long Island, pulled out because he felt the need to rest.
PHIL Mickelson came up short in a US Open for the fifth time in his career as Lucas Glover held his nerve to claim a two-shot victory on a dramatic final day at the 109th US Open.
IT WAS, as it has been for all three days, an almighty guddle amidst the mud, glaur and increasingly pungent farmyard-like smells of this seemingly interminable 109th US Open.
WITH thunderstorms fast approaching Bethpage Black on Long Island, Phil Mickelson was happy to be in the clubhouse seven shots off the early lead in the rain-delayed second round of the US Open.