Graeme McDowell Video clip Score: five / five
Graeme McDowell is a professional golfer hailing from Northern Ireland who is currently a member of both the European Tour and the US PGA Tour. The quiet man from the British Isles first came to the attention of the world of golf when he broke a forty year drought for Europeans at the US Open by winning the 2010 edition of the Major at Pebble Beach. Till date, he has won seven titles on the European Tour circuit and his one and only title on the PGA Tour was his first and only Major championship.
Born in the troubled region of Northern Ireland, McDowell started playing golf at the age of eight or nine years old when he began playing with the Rathmore Golf Club and was coached by his uncle. Graeme McDowell played at the Rathmore Senior Cup for the club when he was just 14 years old. He pursued his college degree in Belfast where he studied to become an engineer before joining the University of Alabama in Birmingham, and played collegiate golf.
Having turned professional in 2002 at the age of 22 years, he was given a membership in the European Tour and that same year, won his first title on the Tour by claiming Volvo Scandinavian Masters. In his third season in the European Tour, he finished sixth in the European Tour’s Order of Merit list in 2004.
Since 2005, he started dividing his time between the European Tour and PGA Tour and although he was not a full member of the PGA Tour, his ranking in the top 50 of the Official Golf World Rankings ensured that he was invited to play in the major events of the PGA Tour.
Graeme McDowell has been the recipient of the Haskins Award in 2002 and the European Tour Player of the Year Award in 2010.
Graeme McDowell Online video Ranking: / 5
Irish golfer Graeme McDowell has always been known as a huge foodie and now, he has revealed that he plans to open a trendy bistro in the American state of Florida on St. Patrick’s Day. G-Mac, who won the US Open title back in 2010, is extremely excited about his upcoming project and revealed that the doors to the Nona Blue situated at Lake Nona in Orlando, Florida, United States of America next month; and in his excitement, he event posted a photo of the bistro’s mouth watering menu on the social networking site Twitter.
The restaurant, which will cover a total area of 5,618 sq ft has been billed as a ‘modern tavern’ and located in a retail park near the swish Lake Nona Golf and Country Club. The 33 year old from Portrush has also stayed true to the culinary roots he was brought up on and the bistro will serve up traditional culinary favorites from Northern Ireland including traditional fish and chips, mussels as well as all day fry up. Graeme McDowell revealed that Nona Blue will serve up some of the most traditional American dishes such as New York strip steak, black rib, creamed corn, meatloaf, grits and Florida’s very own Florida shrimps.
Moreover, some of the best belly busting desserts will be on the menu including hot fudge sundae, banoffee pie as well as hot cider doughnuts. The title dish of the bistro, aptly named the G-Mac and Cheese is a combination of cold water lobster, smoked bacon with a blend of three cheese and will be available for just $ 10.
Graeme McDowell has already extended invitations to the grand opening via Twitter to the likes of Darren Clarke and Rory McIlroy and his tennis player girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki as also expected to be present.
Graeme McDowell Online video Ranking: three / five
Founded by Clifford Roberts and Bobby Jones and designed by architect Alister Mackenzie, US Masters Tournament is considered to be one of the most prestigious championships in the professional circuit of golf. It is an annual championship played every year on the whole first week of April, at the same location in contrast to the other championships which may change locations quite often. Needless to say that the location is Augusta National Golf Club which is situated in Augusta, Georgia, USA. It is included in the PGA tour, the European Tour and even the Japan Golf Tour.
The US Masters awards include a green jacket given away to the Champion although it is taken back from the victor after his term is over, the term being yearly. A Champions Dinner is also held each year since 1952 on the Tuesday before the tournament starts. Only the former champions and handful of board members are listed as invitees to the dinner. The protocol was first initiated by Ben Hogan and it is still continued to date. So it is quite obvious that the tournament has a unique tradition of its own. However, the 1933-born Augusta National Course had to be renovated and modified from time to time to keep its glory shining so there seems to be a bit of loss in heritage but that is for good reasons.
Eminent golfers who nailed the tournament were Fred McLeod, Jock Hutchinson, Gene Sarazen, Sam Snead, Byron Nelson, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. Each year, the US Masters begins with an inaugural tee shot by any one of the former champions and people mentioned above have graced the event with their signature shots. Every golf player considers it to be one big feather to the hat if he wins this tournament.