PEBBLE BEACH, CA - JUNE 20: Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland hits his tee shot on the fifth hole during the final round of the 110th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 20, 2010 in Pebble Beach, California. (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

2010 U.S. Open: Graeme McDowell Holds Off Gregory Havret To Capture First Major

It wasn't pretty for any involved, but Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell came away with the U.S. Open title, after vying with France's Gregory Havret for the right to be the first European to win in 40 years. For more, visit SB Nation's golf blog, Waggle Room.

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2010 U.S. Open, Round 4 Leaderboard Update: Dustin Johnson In Command, Tiger Woods Rallying

Earlier this weekend, Graeme McDowell and Phil Mickelson were the main stories at the 2010 U.S. Open, but Dustin Johnson and Tiger Woods took only one day to change the narrative.

Johnson mastered Pebble Beach in Round 3. After playing solid golf in the first and second rounds, Johnson sunk an eagle on the fourth hole and finished the round at 5-under. Johnson now has sole possession of first place by a three-stroke margin. He's never won a major, but has three PGA Tour wins to his name.

Tiger Woods, meanwhile, is playing some of his best golf of 2010. Woods also shot 5-under in Round 3, giving him sole possession of third place. He's five strokes behind the lead, so in order to win the U.S. Open, Woods will need to replicate his Round 3 performance and hope for some help from Johnson and Graeme McDowell, who sits in second place.

Entering Round 4, here is how the top of the leaderboard looks:

1. Dustin Johnson (6-under for tournament)
2. Graeme McDowell (3-under)
3. Tiger Woods (1-under)
T4. Ernie Els (E)
T4. Gregory Havret
6. Phil Mickelson (+1)
T7. Ryo Ishikawa (+3)
T7. Alex Cejka
T7. Tim Clark

Ryan Ballengee is live on the scene at Pebble Beach. Check out his news, updates, and analysis over at SB Nation's golf blog, Waggle Room.


2010 U.S. Open At Pebble Beach, Round 2 Recap: Graeme McDowell Leads, Phil Mickelson Makes Charge

After Round 2 of the U.S. Open, Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell holds sole possession of the lead after shooting 3-under on Saturday. He compensated for three bogeys with six birdies after shooting par in Round 1. McDowell has never won a PGA Tour event, but he did finish in the top ten at the PGA Championship in 2009.

The biggest story of the day, though, was provided by Phil Mickelson. He suffered through a difficult Round 1, ending up 4-over, but completely turned his game around on Friday. Mickelson shot 5-under in Round 2, putting him in a tie for second place at Pebble Beach. Mickelson has yet to win the U.S. Open, but he has designs on following up his Masters victory with his second consecutive major win.

Elsewhere, Tiger Woods followed up his 3-over Round 1 with a 1-over Round 2. He's vaulted twenty spots since Thursday, which speaks to the difficulty of this tournament.

For more on the 2010 U.S. Open, head on over to our golf blog, Waggle Room.

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