Graeme McDowell, US Open winner

Northern Irish golfer Graeme McDowell is getting used to his new status as champion of the US Open.

The golfer, who goes under the name ‘G-Mac’, was yesterday busied attending several media engagements, and apparently easily slipping into his new elevated status.

The 30-year-old Ulsterman will finally touch down on home soil as he flies into Belfast en route to his roots in Portrush before he resumes tournament play ahead of next month’s British Open at St Andrews.

The golfer was initially scheduled to play next week’s French Open, but the golfer and his management are said to be reconsidering after last week’s victory at Pebble Beach shot him up to 13th in the world’s rankings.

 His next confirmed appearances are at theJP McManus Invitational Pro-Am at Adare Manor – on Monday and Tuesday fortnight – before moving on to the Scottish Open at Loch Lomond, followed by the British Open.

 He will also play in this year’s Irish Open which will take place at the Kilkenny Golf and Fishing Club.

 The golfer attributes much of his recent success to several difficult decisions. He recently moved to Horizon Sports Management and is said to be extremely happy at his new management agency, and has surrounded himself with a strong team of support staff who have assisted the golfer on his course to success. He also switched to Callaway golf clubs and changed his swing coach.

 He also said that he drew strength from his recent  victory at the Welsh Open, saying that it was unlike previous victories and that it had felt different and kick-started his summer.