US Open: What's in McDowell's bag

Irishman's Callaway/Odyssey tribute

US Open: What's in McDowell's bag

Graeme McDowell created a notable major double for Callaway with his stunning victory in the US Open at Pebble Beach last night. Following Phil Mickelson's victory at the US Masters in April the Ulsterman used a bag of Callaway and Odyssey equipment in achieving the first US Open victory by a European in 40 years.

Using his trusty Callaway FT-3 driver he found a succession of fairways and then hit most greens with his Callaway X-forged irons. But it was the Odyssey White Hot No.7 putter that proved the difference between him and the chasing pack.

As other players faltered he holed a series of crucial putts, which fundamentally kept him in the hunt as the final round reached its climax.

He averaged just 27.5 putts per round for the week on some of the toughest undulating greens which became very slick as the tournament wore on. The putter yielded 15 birdies over the four rounds, but it was the par saves on the final day that proved priceless as his rivals slipped away.

“My putter was kind to me this week,” said McDowell. “I putted really well and felt good on the greens. When I had opportunities I generally took them.”

The new world No.13 hit two-thirds of all fairways and averaged 303 yards off the tee.

“I’ve never been the longest hitter in the world but I’ve certainly put on yardage in the last year,” he said. “I’ve always been good off the tee accuracy-wise and the US Open has always been a tournament I feel like my game is most suited to.”

And so it proved. Trailing Dustin Johnson by three shots going into the final round, McDowell kept his nerve as the American dropped shots in the opening nine and built up a four stroke lead at one stage ahead of the chasing pack that included Tiger Woods, Ernie Els and Gregory Havret.

The Frenchman emerged as the closest rival down the stretch but McDowell's short game held up under the pressure and his closing 74 to finish on level par proved just enough to become the first Briton to win the title since Tony Jacklin in 1970.

In addition to a cheque for $1,350,000, McDowell joins an exclusive group of Callaway Major winners and is rewarded with a commemorative gold Odyssey belt buckle. He is also now eligible to have his name printed on his Callaway Tour i series ball.

What's in Graeme McDowell's bag

Driver: Callaway FT-3 Driver (9.5 degrees; Aldila Voodoo SVS 6 shaft)
Fairway Wood:
Callaway X-Tour 4-wood (15 degrees; Aldila RIP Beta 60 shaft)
Adams Idea Pro (17 degrees; Aldila NVS 85 shaft) and (21 degrees; Aldila VooDoo XVS8 shaft)
Irons (4-PW):
Callaway X-Forged (Project X 6.5 Flighted Taper shafts)
Callaway X-Forged Vintage (52 and 58 degrees; Project X 6.5 Flighted Taper shafts)
Odyssey White Hot XG
Callaway Tour ix
Stuburt (Softspikes Black Widow cleats)

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