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2010 champ Graeme McDowell on the upswing on return to Pebble Beach

Graeme McDowell has been more concerned lately about qualifying for major championships than trying to win another one. He took care of an important goal last week at the Canadian Open, where he secured a spot in the British Open at Royal Portrush, his home course. McDowell won the last U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in 2010, and since then he’s been bombarded with reminders about how hard golf really is.

Phil Mickelson pokes fun at Rory McIlroy lawsuit

Phil Mickelson couldn’t resist a playful shot at the lawsuit involving Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell. Mickelson is playing in his 10th Ryder Cup, so he’s not afraid of a little banter. He was asked on Wednesday in Gleneagles, Scotland, if it was unfair to suggest the Americans were not as closely knit as Europeans based on success they have in team matches. Lefty replied: “Not only are we able to play together, also don’t litigate against each other, and that’s a real plus, I feel, heading into this week.” McIlroy is suing his former management company. His lawyers have asked for the confidential contracts of McDowell, who was represented by the same company. McIlroy and McDowell have said it has not affected their relationship. Mickelson smiled and said, “Sorry, I couldn’t resist.” – AP

McGinley ponders pairing

GLENEAGLES, Scotland – European captain Paul McGinley is having second thoughts about a Rory McIlroy-Graeme McDowell partnership in the Ryder Cup. Attribute that to an ordinary record, not an acrimonious lawsuit involving the two.

Germany’s Martin Kaymer shoots opening round 65 to lead U.S. Open

PINEHURST, N.C. – Three days of practice at the new Pinehurst No. 2 was enough to make Martin Kaymer believe this would be the same old U.S. Open. So when he walked off the course on the eve of golf’s toughest test and was asked what he would take for a score at the end of the week, he figured on 8-over par. That changed Thursday morning when he turned on his TV to watch early coverage.

Furyk, McDowell share U.S. Open lead after 3rd round

Graeme McDowell and Jim Furyk won the battle of par Saturday at the U.S. Open. Tiger Woods lost a lot more than that. McDowell showed the kind of fight that won him a U.S. Open two years ago down the coast at Pebble Beach. He scratched out pars and finished with a 4-foot birdie putt that gave him a 2-under-par 68 and a share of the lead going into the final round at The Olympic Club.

Woods finally earns career-victory No. 72

Tiger Woods finally brought the buzz back to the very thing that made him famous – winning. Two weeks after another injury scare, Woods looked dominant as ever in that red shirt on Sunday to win the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Fla., for the record seventh time.

U.S. golfers look to stop major championship winless streak

BETHESDA, Md. – What began as an anomaly has turned into a troubling trend for American golf. Graeme McDowell became the first European in 40 years to win the U.S. Open last summer at Pebble Beach. Perhaps more telling was that this was the first time in more than 100 years that no Americans finished among the top three in their national championship.

McDowell rallies to top Tiger

U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell capped off his greatest year with two clutch putts that gave him the greatest comeback ever against Tiger Woods. McDowell holed a 20-foot birdie putt on the final hole to force a playoff Sunday in the Chevron World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, Calif., then made another birdie putt from a little longer away to deny Woods a victory in his final tournament of the year.