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Why Graeme McDowell wins my vote for BBC Sports Personality of the Year

2010 has been not been a vintage year for British sport, emphasized by the lack of footballers, rugby or tennis players appearing on the list of contenders for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award.

However, we have excelled in certain sports, Europe regaining the Ryder Cup, a Briton retaining the world heavyweight title in Boxing and England winning the ICC Twenty20 World Cup.

Picking the best individual from the nominees for this BBC award is no mean feat but I believe Irishman McDowell has all the credentials to walk away with the grand prize.

McDowell celebrating his U.S. Open victory

G-Mac – as he is affectionately known – shot to fame in 2010 when he won his first major, the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, California. A key role in Europe’s win over America in the Ryder Cup followed, as victory was wrapped up with his defeat of Hunter Mahan in the last singles match.

A breakthrough season for the 31-year-old Ulsterman was supplemented by victories at the Celtic Manor Welsh Open in June and the Andalucia Valderrama Masters in October.

The icing on the cake of a fantastic season was sealed when McDowell pegged back Tiger Woods from four shots behind on the final day of the Chevron World Challenge – hosted by Woods – then sunk two sublime putts in the play-off to win the tournament.

For the first time in his career has McDowell broken into the top-10 golfers in the world, and his unbelievable form this year means he must be in prime position to pick up the BBC gong this Sunday.

It seems like there is a fair amount of support backing G-Mac, and this video perfectly sums up what the Irish golfer has achieved this year.
Hopefully for McDowell, come Sunday night he will celebrating another success, of which might stir further jealousy among his Ryder Cup collegues.

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December 17, 2010 - Posted by | Golf, Sport

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