MBE for US Open Golf winner McDowell

MBE for US Open Golf winner McDowell

Ryder Cup star Graeme McDowell is one of the sports figures to be honoured by the Queen in her New Year Honours List.

The Ulsterman will receive the MBE in recognition of his achievements in 2010 when he became the first European golfer to win the US Open since Tony Jacklin 40 years ago.

He is joined by football referee Howard Webb who also receives an MBE after taking charge of the Champions League and World Cup finals this year while former England rugby player Mike Catt collects an OBE.

McDowell, who clinched the winning point for Europe in this year’s Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor, said: "It is a huge honour for me to be included on the New Year Honours List.

"For my achievements as a professional golfer to be recognised in this way is truly special. Both myself and my family are very proud of this unique acknowledgement."

The pride of Northern Ireland golf, began the year ranked number 50 in the world and following his exploits which include wins in the Welsh Open and Valderamma Classic, he ended the year as world number six.

McDowell plans to spend more time on the US PGA tour in 2011 when he hopes qualify for money spinning FedEx final and build on his first major title victory which he won at Pebble Beach in June.

Online bookmaker Paddy Power anticipates a lot of interest from golf bettors in McDowell’s career progress next year, the Irish bookie is offering odds of 50/1 for the Ryder Cup winner to retain his US Open title and bet 10/1 he will win a major title in 2011.
 

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