2010 US Open

Final Scores and Recap of the 2010 US Open

Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland celebrates with the trophy on the 18th green after winning the 110th U.S. Open at Pebble Beach Golf Links on June 20, 2010
2010 US Open winner Graeme McDowell with the trophy. Donald Miralle/Getty Images

The last-man-standing test posted by a firm and fast Pebble Beach Golf Links at the 2010 U.S. Open was passed by Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland.

McDowell had not previously won on the USPGA Tour prior to the 2010 U.S. Open, but he did have five wins on the European Tour, including the tournament he played just prior to the USGA championship.

The best score of the championship was 66, first posted by Phil Mickelson in the second round.

That got Mickelson into contention, with McDowell the leader. McDowell and Dustin Johnson - the winner of the prior two tournaments played at Pebble Beach - played the third round together as the last pairing, and Johnson fired his own 66 to take a 3-stroke lead, 6-under to McDowell's 3-under.

The biggest story in the third round was another 66, however, one by Tiger Woods. It was easily the best Woods had played since his return from a scandal-induced absence. He looked like the Tiger of old, hitting big shots, sinking big putts, making big fist pumps, drawing huge cheers.

So the picture entering the final round showed Johnson on top by three, McDowell in second, Woods in third, with Mickelson, Ernie Els and Gregory Havret in the mix. But Johnson was five ahead of Woods, six ahead of Els and seven ahead of Mickelson. If any of those big names were going to have a chance, they needed help from Johnson.

And they got it. Johnson, who appeared so in control in the first three rounds on a course he had won on twice before, collapsed early and often in the final round. He triple-bogied the second hole, then hit his drive on No. 3 way left and into heavy brush. The ball was lost, and Johnson's hopes were pretty much lost at that point, too.

He finished with an 82, 16 strokes higher than he scores in the third round.

McDowell remained patient and solid. Els tied McDowell at 3-under for the lead after his sixth hole, but a streak of bogey-double bogey-bogey at the turn severely damaged Els' hopes.

Mickelson and Woods simply never made anything happen. With Johnson's collapse, and with McDowell giving a couple strokes back, the two superstars were never out of the mix, they just weren't able to make any birdies. It was a very frustrating day for both.

And perhaps especially for Els, who bogied the 17th hole and missed a good birdie try on the last. He posted 2-over for the clubhouse lead. Then Havret - who played best among the final-round leaders - reached the 72nd hole, and he missed a birdie putt. But he posted 1-over.

That left McDowell in the 18th fairway at even par, needing to make par to win the 2010 U.S. Open. And make par is what he did.

McDowell's victory was the first by a European golfer in this tournament since Tony Jacklin won the 1970 U.S. Open.

Sixty-year-old Tom Watson, who received a special exemption from the USGA to play, and who won the 1982 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, finished tied for 29th. It was likely Watson's final U.S. Open appearance.

2010 U.S. Open Golf Tournament Scores
Results from the 2010 U.S. Open golf tournament played on the par-71 Pebble Beach Golf Links in Pebble Beach, California (a-amateur):

Graeme McDowell71-68-71-74--284$1,350,000
Gregory Havret73-71-69-72--285$810,000
Ernie Els73-68-72-73--286$480,687
Phil Mickelson75-66-73-73--287$303,119
Tiger Woods74-72-66-75--287$303,119
Matt Kuchar74-72-74-68--288$228,255
Davis Love III75-74-68-71--288$228,255
Brandt Snedeker75-74-69-71--289$177,534
Martin Kaymer74-71-72-72--289$177,534
Alex Cejka70-72-74-73--289$177,534
Dustin Johnson71-70-66-82--289$177,534
Sean O'Hair76-71-70-73--290$143,714
Tim Clark72-72-72-74--290$143,714
Ben Curtis78-70-75-68--291$127,779
Justin Leonard72-73-73-73--291$127,779
Peter Hanson73-76-74-69--292$108,458
a-Scott Langley75-69-77-71--292 
Lee Westwood74-71-76-71--292$108,458
Jim Furyk72-75-74-71--292$108,458
a-Russell Henley73-74-72-73--292 
Charl Schwartzel74-71-74-73--292$108,458
Sergio Garcia73-76-73-71--293$83,634
Shaun Micheel69-77-75-72--293$83,634
Angel Cabrera75-72-74-72--293$83,634
Padraig Harrington73-73-74-73--293$83,634
John Mallinger77-72-70-74--293$83,634
Ricky Barnes72-76-74-72--294$67,195
Robert Karlsson75-72-74-73--294$67,195
Stuart Appleby73-76-76-70--295$54,871
Henrik Stenson77-70-74-74--295$54,871
Robert Allenby74-74-73-74--295$54,871
Tom Watson78-71-70-76--295$54,871
Jason Dufner72-73-79-72--296$44,472
Ryan Moore75-73-75-73--296$44,472
David Toms71-75-76-74--296$44,472
Kenny Perry72-77-73-74--296$44,472
Brendon de Jonge69-73-77-77--296$44,472
Soren Kjeldsen72-71-75-78--296$44,472
Ryo Ishikawa70-71-75-80--296$44,472
Bo Van Pelt72-75-82-68--297$34,722
Ross McGowan72-73-78-74--297$34,722
Seung-yul Noh74-72-76-75--297$34,722
Vijay Singh74-72-75-76--297$34,722
Stewart Cink76-73-71-77--297$34,722
Bobby Gates75-74-71-77--297$34,722
Paul Casey69-73-77-78--297$34,722
Jim Herman76-73-81-68--298$23,385
Rafael Cabrera-Bello70-75-81-72--298$23,385
Chris Stroud77-72-76-73--298$23,385
Jason Gore76-73-74-75--298$23,385
Thongchai Jaidee74-75-74-75--298$23,385
Jason Allred72-73-76-77--298$23,385
Scott Verplank72-74-75-77--298$23,385
K.J. Choi70-73-77-78--298$23,385
Luke Donald71-75-74-78--298$23,385
Ian Poulter70-73-77-78--298$23,385
Edoardo Molinari75-72-72-79--298$23,385
Steve Stricker75-74-77-73--299$18,368
Retief Goosen75-74-76-74--299$18,368
Lucas Glover73-73-77-76--299$18,368
Hiroyuki Fujita72-77-74-76--299$18,368
Yuta Ikeda77-72-73-77--299$18,368
Gareth Maybin74-75-76-75--300$16,672
Toru Taniguchi73-76-76-75--300$16,672
Steve Wheatcroft74-73-77-76--300$16,672
Jerry Kelly72-70-81-77--300$16,672
Eric Axley75-73-75-77--300$16,672
Steve Marino73-75-73-79--300$16,672
Erick Justesen74-74-80-73--301$15,651
Camilo Villegas78-69-79-76--302$14,921
Fred Funk74-72-77-79--302$14,921
Matt Bettencourt72-74-77-79--302$14,921
David Duval75-73-74-80--302$14,921
Rhys Davies78-70-79-76--303$14,045
Kent Jones73-76-78-76--303$14,045
Nick Watney76-71-77-81--305$13,608
Matthew Richardson73-75-80-78--306$13,023
Zach Johnson72-77-78-79--306$13,023
Craig Barlow73-75-77-81--306$13,023
Mike Weir70-79-83-75--307$12,293
Ty Tryon75-74-78-80--307$12,293
Pablo Martin73-76-83-79--311$11,707
Jason Preeo75-70-82-84--311$11,707