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Profile: Graeme McDowell
Birthplace: Portrush, Northern Ireland
European Tour International Schedule Victories: Total 4
Turned Professional: 2002
Teams: Seve Trophy 2005 (winners); The Royal Trophy 2006 (winners)
RYDER CUP EXPERIENCEDebut
Two victories–in the Ballantine's Championship in Korea and The Barclays Scottish Open–as well as a further five top ten finishes in the 2008 season, coupled with a strong finish to the 2007 season have propelled the Northern Irishman to a Ryder Cup debut at Valhalla. The 29 year old won his maiden European Tour title on only his fourth start in the 2002 Scandinavian Masters and confirmed his prodigious potential by finishing sixth on the Order of Merit in 2004 after capturing his second Tour victory in the Telecom Italia Open. Before turning professional, he played a prominent role in Great Britain and Ireland's retention of the Walker Cup in 2001 at Sea Island in Georgia, alongside European Tour champions of the calibre of Luke Donald, Nick Dougherty, and Marc Warren. Attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham and was ranked the Number One Collegiate Golfer in the United States in 2002 after winning an incredible six events out of 12 appearances with a stroke average of 69.6–beating the previous best returned jointly by Luke Donald and Tiger Woods.