McDowell holds on to win US Open

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland reacts on the 18th green after winning the U.S. Open golf tournament Sunday, June 20, 2010, at the Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, Calif. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

June 20, 2010 6:46:48 PM PDT
Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland has won the U.S. Open, holding off France's Gregory Havret to become the first European to win America's national championship since 1970. McDowell shot a 3-over 74 on a difficult Sunday at Pebble Beach to finish at even-par 284 for the tournament and win by one.

Havret, a Frenchman ranked 391st in the world, played in the same group with Tiger Woods and didn't let it bother him. He was within one of McDowell with two holes left but couldn't make birdie on the par-5 18th to tie.

Ernie Els finished third at 2 over.

Woods made four bogeys on the front nine en route to a 4-over 75. He tied for fourth with Phil Mickelson, the same spot he finished in at the Masters in April.