US Open – 20 Top Triumphs and Upsets to Remember

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#20: Graeme McDowell held up through wet and wild conditions to win at Pebble Beach in 2010.

One of the crown jewels of American golf, Pebble Beach Golf Links always makes for a prime US Open venue. The 2010 event was no exception – Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell battled through the wind and rain to become the first European to win the US Open in four decades.

It took a while for the narrative to take shape at this tournament, but McDowell was in the driver’s seat by two after shooting a 68 in the second round. By the end of Saturday, however, Dustin Johnson was in control; the young American held a three-stroke lead and had won the last two Pebble Beach Pro-Ams.

McDowell, paired with him in the final round, appeared to have his work cut out for him, but Johnson imploded on Sunday, going six-over over his first four holes to fall out of contention almost immediately. McDowell could only muster a 74, but it was enough to see him through to the victory on a day when hardly anyone could gain any traction.

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