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Top 30 Golfers for the 2014 Majors: No. 22 Graeme McDowell


They’re the cream of the major championship crop, circa 2014 — the Athlon Major Championship Dream Team. Leading up to The Masters, we'll be unveiling Athlon Sports’ 30 players to watch for majors season, with commentary on each from the Golf Channel’s Brandel Chamblee.

No. 22: Graeme McDowell

Born: July 30, 1979, Portrush, Northern Ireland | Career PGA Tour Wins: 2 (9 on European Tour) |2013 Wins (Worldwide): 3| 2013 Earnings (PGA Tour): $2,174,596 (28th) World Ranking: 15

Brandel Chamblee's Take

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Graeme McDowell is good at everything — and by everything I mean dealing with the media, multitasking business concerns while managing a world class game and being, well, just a good guy to have a beer with. All of this makes him popular, but may not necessarily make him as good as he can be at golf, which takes a selfishness he doesn't appear to possess. Nonetheless, he won three times in 2013, once on the PGA Tour and twice in Europe. At his best, he hits some of the coolest irons in the game, and it was the strength of that iron play that made him a U.S. Open champion in 2010. If his short game improves in 2014, besides being a thorn in the side of U.S. players at the Ryder Cup he will make the media rooms a whole lot more fun to be in.

Major Championship Résumé
Starts: 33
Wins: 1

2013 Performance:
Masters - Cut
U.S. Open - Cut
British Open - T58
PGA Championship - T12

Best Career Finishes: 
Masters - T12 (2012)
U.S. Open - Won (2010)
British Open - T5 (2012)
PGA Championship - T10 (2009)
Top-10 Finishes: 4
Top-25 Finishes: 14
Missed Cuts: 12

—Brandel Chamblee is lead analyst for the Golf Channel. Be sure to follow him @ChambleeBrandel on Twitter.

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