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McDowell edges Havret for U.S. Open title

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McDowell edges Havret for U.S. Open title
Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland holds the U.S. Open trophy after winning the 110th U.S. Open in Pebble Beach, California on June 20, 2010. McDowell shot 3-over par for the day to finish even for the tournament with a 284. UPI/Kevin Dietsch | License Photo

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.

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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.

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