Claimed his maiden European Tour title in only his fourth start as a professional when he won the 2002 Volvo Scandinavian Masters at Kunsängen Golf Club, the club he represents. Victory underlined the huge potential he showed as an amateur. Went on to confirm that potential by winning the 61st Telecom Italia Open in 2004 after a Monday morning play-off with Thomas Levet of France. Played a prominent role in Great Britain and Ireland's retention of the Walker Cup in 2001 at Sea Island in Georgia. At University of Alabama, Birmingham, McDowell was ranked Number One Collegiate Golfer in the United States and out of 12 starts won an incredible six events with a stroke average of 69.6 - beating the previous best returned by Luke Donald and Tiger Woods. Victory in Sweden earned him a place in the WGC-NEC Invitational and he went on to finish a highly credible 56th in the Volvo Order of Merit from 13 starts. In 2003, he finished in 96th place.
2 - 2002 Volvo Scandinavian Masters, 2004 Italian Open
2002 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 13; in money - 8; top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average 71.53 (ranked 64th); money ?412,203 or 262,826 (ranked 56th); Winner, Volvo Scandinavian Masters
2003 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 12; top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average 71.92 (ranked 107th); money ?221,909 or £154,717 (ranked 96th); Best finish, T5th, Deutsche Bank SAP Open.
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