The advent of another Ulsterman : Grahame McDowell

Peter HughesSenior Analyst IJuly 14, 2008

During July 1947, at Royal Liverpool, a "wee" Ulsterman, born & bred in Portrush, Co.Antrim became the first Irishman to win The Open Championship.

Fred Daly, went on to achieve fame the world of golf, winning many more titles during his illustrious career, highlighted in The Ryder Cup match at Wentworth in 1953, when he beat Ted Kroll 9 & 7 in the singles and with Harry Bradshaw, defeated Dr Cary Middlecoff & Walter Burkemo by 1 hole in the foursomes.

Yesterday, Sunday 13 July 2008, another "wee" man from Portrush, Grahame McDowell, captured The Scottish Open Championship at the picturesque Loch Lomond course, from an international field which included Phil Mickleson and Ernie Els.

Graham has many mannerisms reminiscent of Fred, a waggle or two before hitting an iron and a wiggle or three with the putter. His principle attribute is the heart and determination of a lion, one of the superb qualities possessed by his fellow townsman all those years ago.

He now heads for Royal Birkdale full of confidence to become the second Ulsterman to put his name on the "auld claret jug" and with him will go the hopes and best wishes of everyone in Northern Ireland.

Grahame has virtually assured his place in The Europen Ryder Cup team and someone in The US Team may well suffer the same fate as poor Ted Kroll !

Roll on Vahalla !

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