PEBBLE BEACH, Calif., June 20 (UPI) -- Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland carded a 3-over-par 74 Sunday to eke out a one-shot win over Frenchman Gregory Havret at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach.
McDowell, 30, finished four rounds at the legendarily difficult course with an even-par 284 and needed only to par the final hole to finish one stroke ahead of Havret, who shot a 72 and finished in sole possession of second place at 1-over 285.
With the victory, McDowell became the first European to win a U.S. Open in 40 years and notched his first major championship.
Many of golf's biggest names played poorly Sunday, and McDowell benefited from their misfortunes.
Third-round leader Dustin Johnson took a giant tumble, ballooning to an 11-over 82 thanks partly to a triple-bogey on the par-4 second hole and a double-bogey on the third, falling all the way to an eighth-place tie at 5-over 289.
Ernie Els (73) ended in third place at 2-over 286 after collapsing down the stretch, playing his final nine holes at five-over par.
Phil Mickelson (73) and Tiger Woods (75) ended in a fourth-place tie one stroke further back at 3-over. They combined for nine bogeys Sunday.