Confirmed the potential he showed when he won his maiden European Tour title on only his fourth start in the 2002 Volvo Scandinavian Masters with an excellent 2004 season, finishing sixth on the Volvo Order of Merit and almost claiming an automatic place in the European Ryder Cup Team for Oakland Hills. Highlight of 2004 was his second Tour victory, in a Monday play-off for the 61st Telecom Italia Open, where he beat Thomas Levet at the fourth extra hole. Before turning professional, he 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. .
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.
2004 PGA European Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 31; in money - 26; top-10 finishes - 9; scoring average 70.70 (ranked 14th); money ?1,648,862 or �1,140,229 (ranked 6th); winner Telecom Italian Open.