No. 4: Graeme McDowell

2011 Golf Preview: The Top 20 Golfer Countdown

2011 Golf Preview: The Top 20 Golfer Countdown

2011 Golfer Countdown

BORN: July 30, 1979, Portrush, Northern Ireland


2010 PGA TOUR EARNINGS: $1,589,337

WORLD GOLF RANKING: 5 (as of Feb. 20, 2011)

GOLF CHANNEL’S BRANDEL CHAMBLEE GIVES HIS TAKE: Graeme McDowell is aware of the pitfalls of success and has said that being the reigning U.S. Open champion doesn’t guarantee a 65 every time he tees it up. These words are evidence that he will continue his whirlwind ride through the upper echelon of the golf world. The reason he has become one of the most exciting and clutch players to watch is, quite simply, because he is the best iron player on the planet. In Europe, he hit 75 percent of the greens, and in the U.S., he led in proximity to the hole from the fairway and the rough. His final-round 62 at the 2011 Hyundai is a harbinger of things to come.

CAREER PGA TOUR STATS (as of Feb. 20, 2011)

  • Events — 68
  • Cuts — 48
  • 1st — 1
  • 2nd — 1
  • 3rd — 1
  • T10 — 8
  • T25 — 19
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