McDowell Wins World Match Play Title in Bulgaria

Sports | May 20, 2013, Monday // 07:35|  views

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland celebrates after beating Thongchai Jaidee 2&1 in the final of the Volvo World Match Play Championship at Thracian Cliffs Golf & Beach Resort in Kavarna, Bulgaria. Photo by Getty Images

Graeme McDowell became on Sunday the first Irish winner of the Volvo World Match Play Championship defeating Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee 2 and 1 in the final on the Thracian Cliffs course in Bulgaria.

That was a hard-fought victory for the former US Open champion, who had to fight back from 2 down after four holes and did not get in front of his 43-year old opponent until the 14th hole before securing victory at the 17th.

The European Tour title, his first since 2010, comes with a prize of EUR 800,000.

It is McDowell's second win in three events after he also captured the PGA Tour's RBC Heritage earlier this month at Hilton Head in South Carolina.

He joins a distinguished list of winners on the trophy which includes the likes of Seve Ballesteros, Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Nick Faldo and Ernie Els.

Jaidee will pocket EUR 500,000 as runner-up.

The European Golf Tour took place from May 16-19, 2013 at Thracian Cliffs, which has been hailed as Bulgaria's version of the famous American coastal course Pebble Beach.

This was the first time that Bulgaria hosted a full European Tour event, part of a drive to break new ground in the largely untapped golfing market of Eastern Europe.

Even though Bulgaria doesn't have a player ranked in the world's top 1,500 professionals, it managed to attract car manufacturer Volvo as a sponsor.

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