Golf Birthdays: July 30-31

July 30

Klas Eriksson turns 44. He has five wins on the European Challenge Tour, which is tied for fifth all-time, turning pro in 1991. In 1996, he received an exemption to The Open Championship and finished tied for 41st.

Graeme McDowell, winner of the 2010 US Open, turns 36.  McDowell has won two PGA Tour events and 10 European Tour events in his career, which began in 2002.  He won the Volvo Scandinavian Masters during his rookie year, and took the golf world by storm eight years later when he won the US Open at Pebble Beach becoming the first Northern Irishman to win that tournament, the first European US Open winner in 40 years, the first player from the UK to win a Major in 11 years, and the first Northern Irishman to win a Major in 63 years. He took the lead after two rounds, but was 3 strokes behind American Dustin Johnson after 54 holes. Johnson crumbled on Sunday with a triple bogey on the second hole and a double bogey on the third. McDowell’s 3-over 74 was nothing to write home about, but it made him the only player to finish at par for the tournament and got him the win, a spot on The Tonight Show, and a cameo on HBO’s Entourage.

July 31

Peter Senior, who has won 33 professional tournaments in his career, turns 56. The Australian did the majority of his damage on the PGA Tour of Australia, winning 22 tournaments there, along with four on the European Tour and three on the Japan Golf Tour. He won his four Euro Tour events between 1986 and 1992, and in 1993 he tied for fourth at The Open Championship. He was tied for the lead after the first round and wound up shooting 8-under in a top 10 that included countryman Greg Norman, who won the event, and Wayne Grady, who finished tied for ninth.

 

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