I'm still wondering how I managed to win the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach. Playing major championships -- especially U.S. Opens -- has been a learning experience for me. After putting myself in position but coming up short at Winged Foot (2006) and Oakmont ('07), I began to understand the importance of stamina, patience and keeping frustration under control. I'm also in a good place with my game now. My teacher, Pete Cowen, has me thinking a lot less about mechanics and more about feeling shots with my body positions and footwork. Somehow I had lost that element of the game, and Pete has made hitting shots fun again. I've won twice this year, and I'm pretty excited about where I'm headed.
-- Graeme McDowell
AGE: 31 | HEIGHT: 5-feet-11 | WEIGHT: 170 lbs. | DRIVER: Callaway FT-3, 9.5 degrees | BALL: Callaway Tour ix | WORLD RANKING: 13 | DRIVING DISTANCE: 287.6 yards